Americans – especially Jews – and Israelis are targets of a more threatening Iranian government than ever before. Iran is overtly waging war against America, Israel and other allies – with tentacles spreading hate and incitement online, hijackings on the seas and drones in the air. The Islamic Republic’s nuclear arsenal is nearly ready to launch and its alignment with China and Russia magnifies the mortal danger.
Anti-Jewish Hate Spread on Social Media
The Iranian regime is now aggressively exploiting social media to promote anti-Jewish hatred in America and around the world. A new ADL report, State Hate, proves how Iran’s state-owned Press TV and other news platforms evade broadcast bans by taking advantage of social channels to “target the U.S. with disinformation campaigns and malign influence operations.” The “foreign state hate operation” adopts classic anti-Jewish conspiracy theories historically associated with white supremacists and even published an article, “American Zionists incubating another Hitler.”
Iranian hate is also delivered through sermons. The most important daily sermon in Islam is Friday’s Congregational prayer, where a representative of Iran’s supreme leader delivered a recent message that Muslims who do not complete the hajj pilgrimage “might die as a Jew”. Another cleric declared that “Jews killed in the Holocaust during Hitler's rule was not six million”.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt stressed the importance of the “U.S. government’s pushback against the Iranian regime’s nefarious behavior over the years [that] has included sanctions and other measures against Tehran’s propaganda tools.” Tehran is the Iranian capital.
Nuclear Weapons Umbrella Shields Terrorists
Iran is near to reaching its decades-long drive to become a nuclear power. Israel’s defense minister recently reported that Iran has amassed enough uranium for five nuclear weapons and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned a visiting bipartisan U.S. Congressional delegation that “Iran is 50 North Koreas.” An important part of its weapons program is the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads – a threat to America. Iran is already violating a UN missile embargo set to expire in October.
Bipartisan House and Senate bills would maintain U.S. sanctions on Iran. Bill co-sponsor Rep. Michelle Steel described Iran as a “rogue state [that] continues to make threats against democracy and actively sponsors terrorism around the world.” Two of Iran’s most important terror proxies are the Syrian government and Palestinian terrorists. The Syrian regime has killed an estimated 500,000 of its own people since 2011 and is believed to have used chemical weapons against them. Iran continues to bankroll Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad at the expense of its own citizens.
Secret files recently revealed that Iran smuggled weapons camouflaged as earthquake aid to Syria and imported phosphates from Syria to produce weapons-grade uranium. The secret U.S. report cited weapons transfers “hidden in aid convoys to support future attacks on U.S. forces in Syria.” Iran and Syria also inked long-term oil and trade agreements. The U.S. Navy is alarmed by two recent Iranian hijackings of oil tankers in the Persian Gulf – endangering global trade.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi traveled to Syria to meet with the leaders of Palestinian terrorist organizations and the Syrian dictator. Senior officials from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad – both Iranian backed terrorist groups – met with Raisi. The leader of the Syrian government-supported Alliance of Palestinian Forces stated: “Palestinian leaders thanked Iran for its support to the resistance and the Palestinian cause.” Speaking with a Lebanese TV station that supports Iran’s Hezbollah terrorist proxy, Raisi described “Iran’s power in the region is of an unmistakable magnitude.”
Iranian Regime Targets Innocent Civilians – At Home and Abroad
The Iranian government’s crackdown against its own citizens – often women – is escalating. The regime is implicated in more than 300 poison attacks at girl’s schools across the country. Iran is planning on installing cameras in public places and on roads to identify and penalize women who violate mandatory hijab laws. Iran officially broadcast a TV public service announcement that told how women caught without wearing their hijab inside a car risks the car being impounded.
Iran recently hanged two bloggers sentenced to death for blasphemy for criticizing Islam. The Iran Human Rights Organization stated that “without urgent international action, the Iranian authorities will continue to deploy the death penalty to torment and terrorize the entire population, crush protests and other forms of dissent, and enforce silence and subservience through brute force.” By early April, more than 500 civilians were killed in recent street protests.
Iran also has fueled Russia's aggression against Ukraine providing it with thousands of armed drones that have wreaked death and destruction across Ukraine. Iran is aiding and abetting the slaughter of innocent Ukrainian civilians and devastation to the nation’s infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and shopping malls.