ATT: Jack Dorsey, CEO, Twitter Inc.
Dear Mr. Dorsey,
I join Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) in calling on Twitter to deplatform Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and send the message that the promotion of hate and violence will not be tolerated on the platform. Khamenei is one of the most egregious antisemitic voices on Twitter.
Time and time again, Twitter has provided a safe space for the supreme leader to not only promote the violent destruction of Israel and its Jewish people, but also Holocaust denial and other forms of antisemitism.
Here are just some of his past tweets:
“Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen.”
“The UAE acts in agreement with the Israelis & filthy Zionist agents of the U.S.– such as the Jewish member of Trump’s family – with utmost cruelty against the interests of the World of Islam.”
“The Zionist regime is a deadly, cancerous growth and a detriment to this region. It will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed.”
“Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and if it has happened, it’s uncertain how it has happened.”
Twitter’s Hateful Conduct Policy clearly states that users may not promote “violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation….” However, Twitter has failed to adequately enforce this policy in many cases.
Recently, the Inter-Parliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism – whose members include politicians in Canada, the U.S. and U.K., Israel and Australia as well as FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt – was established to shine a light on this issue and ensure real and meaningful action is taken by social media platforms like Twitter.
"For years, Ayatollah Khamenei has used his platform to incite hatred and promote the violent eradication of Israel and its Jewish people. All social media platforms have the responsibility to stand against hate speech and ensure safe and welcoming spaces for their users. It's time for Twitter to recognize the hate that it has allowed to fester on its platform for so long and finally take action."
–Michael Levitt, President and CEO, FSWC, Task Force Member
“The activities of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Twitter are appalling. He has advocated for the destruction of Israel, engaged in antisemitic tropes and promoted genocide against the Jewish people. The lack of action by Twitter to suspend his account is entirely unacceptable. He merits the strongest possible condemnation and censure.”
–Anthony Housefather, Member of Parliament (Liberal Party), Canada, Task Force Member
“The Ayatollah Khamenei’s use of Twitter to propagate virulent antisemitism must be condemned in the strongest of terms. It’s high time Twitter took responsibility for removal of hateful comments that incite hate towards any group.”
–Marty Morantz, Member of Parliament (Conservative Party), Canada, Task Force Member
“The interaction I had with Twitter during a July Knesset hearing made it clear that Twitter’s current policy lacks consistency and that double standards exist in its implementation, particularly when it comes to antisemitic and violent tweets made by Iran’s Khamenei. I join the FSWC in calling on Twitter to address this unacceptable double standard and to take responsibility for the antisemitism and virulent hatred that exists on their platform. Failure to do so undermines its ability to protect all from incitement and enables a culture of impunity, on- and offline.”
–Michal Cotler-Wunsh, Member of Knesset (Blue and White Party), Israel, Task Force Member
Add your voice to the call for Twitter to deplatform Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and hold Twitter accountable for allowing such hate to spread online.
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