Iran bans popular messaging service WhatsApp, calling Mark Zuckerberg an 'American Zionist'

Published May 3rd, 2014 - 09:29 GMT

Iran’s Committee on Internet Crimes says the Facebook co- founder Mark Zuckerberg is a Zionist and banned his recently acquired messaging system WhatsApp.

Fox News reported Iran’s criminalization of WhatsApp on Friday.

According to the report, Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, head of the country's Committee on Internet Crimes, said "The reason for this is the acquisition of WhatsApp by the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is an American Zionist."

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) blasted Iran last week in its new report on the repression of religious freedom. According to the report, Iran continues to propagate anti-Semitism and target members of the Jewish community on the basis of real or perceived  ‘ties to Israel.’

Numerous programs broadcast on state-run television advance anti-Semitic messages. Official government discrimi­nation against Jews continues to be pervasive, foster­ing a threatening atmosphere for the approximately 20,000 member Jewish community.

The report further noted that “despite the June 2013 election of a new and purportedly moderate president [Hassan Rouhani], the already-poor religious freedom conditions in Iran continued to deteriorate, particularly for religious minorities, especially Baha’is and Christian converts. Sufi and Sunni Muslims and dissenting Shi’a Muslims also faced harassment, arrests, and imprison­ment.”


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