Iran's Supreme Leader Trolls US on Twitter Comparing Ferguson to Gaza

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon during his visit to Mashhad, 741km (463 miles) east of Tehran. FARS NEWS/REUTERS

A Twitter account affiliated with Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei compared the plight of black Americans in the US to that of Jesus and Palestinians in Gaza on Sunday, posting a series of tweets under to the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #Ferguson.

It's expected that followers of #Jesus follow him in his fight against arrogants and in his support for the oppressed. #BlackLivesMatter

— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) December 28, 2014

The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag was originally started by US activist groups in 2012, in protest of the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighbourhood watch volunteer. Since then it has continued to be used to voice outrage at other similar cases such as the recent deaths of Mike Brown and Antonio Martin in the town of Ferguson, St. Louis.

The Khamenei account also jumped on the trend, with a series of posts alleging that US "arrogants" do not follow the true path of Jesus and conversely praising the Islamic prophet Muhammad's racial tolerance.

A black,previously a slave, &his master were made brothers by #Prophet to show that human value isn’t in color/wealth but in piety.#Ferguson

— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) December 22, 2014

It's expected that followers of #Jesus follow him in his fight against arrogants and in his support for the oppressed. #BlackLivesMatter

— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) December 28, 2014

Unconcerned abt the teachings of #Jesus, arrogants have tightened the living sphere for nations and oppressed ppl. #BlackLivesMatter
1/3/94

— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) December 24, 2014

This followed earlier tweets sent out by the same account on Christmas Eve, arguing that those who protest against the oppression of black Americans in Ferguson should also support Palestinians in Gaza, because that is what Jesus would have done.

If #Jesus were among us today he wouldn't spare a second to fight the arrogants&support the oppressed.#Ferguson #Gaza pic.twitter.com/P0N8jmKyQU

— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) December 24, 2014

While the account has not been verified by Twitter as representative of Ayatollah Khamenei, it is the largest English language account dedicated to Iran's highest spiritual cleric and has previously been reported as his personal account. His office have refused to confirm on deny this.

The account has tweeted criticism of the US treatment of clashes in Ferguson in the past and it also frequently tweets about US "crimes against Iran" and compares Israel and the Nazis.

In August, there were several tweets published from the account which also criticised the treatment of African-Americans in the US, saying that they were "oppressed and subjected to discrimination".