Footage has surfaced showing Iranian worshippers licking shrines in a show of defiance of a coronavirus outbreak.
Officials have confirmed 978 cases in Iran and 54 deaths, the highest death toll of any country except for China. Religious leaders continue to reject advice from the Health Ministry to close holy sites to help stop the spread of infection.
Watch – Iranian Muslims Lick, Kiss Shrines: Say They Are ‘Not Scared of Coronavirus’ https://t.co/HIxCjQbyJu
— Coronanieuws (@coronanieuws) March 2, 2020
Devout Iranian Muslims are releasing online videos showing the faithful licking and kissing shrines to show they have no fear of infection during the country’s escalating coronavirus outbreak.
Officials have confirmed 978 cases in Iran and 54 deaths, the highest death toll of any country outside China. But religious leaders continue to reject advice from the Health Ministry to close holy sites to help stop the spread of infection.
Instead the videos, which have reportedly emerged from Iran’s coronavirus epicentre of Qom, show Islamic devotees spreading misinformation about the virus while forcing young children to also take part.
Touching and kissing surfaces in shrines is a common practice for pilgrims, and religious hardliners argue the holy sites of Qom are “a place for healing.”
But many Iranians are worried the clerical establishment is not taking the outbreak seriously, while Iranian health workers have reportedly admitted the number of people that have died from coronavirus could be five times more than government figures claim.
Still many hold a contrary view that Islamic faith will beat any virus.
“There are people who say that this shrine spreads coronavirus. I’m here to lick the tomb so that I can fall ill. This way, I’ve removed the virus. You can come and visit,” one man says in a video. More
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) March 1, 2020
I was always taught God gave you a brain you should use it these people are obviously not using any semblance of a brain regardless of Coronavirus it’s not sanitary.
World Health Organisation @WHO needs to intervene urgently.
Videos of pro-regime people urging even their own children to lick the #CoronaVirus infested shrines are surfacing.
Not only is this child abuse, but it’s also helping the virus spread Iran and to other countries. pic.twitter.com/CDDYzSuxMF
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) February 29, 2020
More videos are emerging of people licking the shrines in the city of Qom #CoronaVirus, the epicentre of the epidemic in Iran.
Iran’s authorities still adamantly refuse to close these religious sites.
The virus is wreaking havoc all over the country pic.twitter.com/veCQd6ots6
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) March 1, 2020
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Iran Now Blaming ‘Zionists’ for Coronavirus Amid Global Panic
Yet another reason why Iran cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons.
Another day, another bizarre bit of conspiracy fodder from Iran.
The current understanding of the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus is that a wildlife market in Wuhan, China was ground zero. Scientists believe that the virus jumped from bats or snakes to human beings there, and spread incredibly quickly and stealthily due to the virus’ fourteen day incubation period and the fact that early symptoms of the illness are fairly common: A fever and respiratory congestion.
But, of course, Iran has found a way to make an ugly, antisemitic statement regarding the virus as opposed to acquiescing to the commonly held understanding of COVID-19.
Having already speculated that the coronavirus is an American-made biological weapon, the Iranian regime took the next natural step over the weekend and claimed the disease was created by “Zionists” who want to start a war with Iran.
The Jerusalem Post noted that Iran’s state-run PressTV “has been pushing antisemitic conspiracies about the coronavirus to distract from the mullah regime’s mishandling of the pandemic.”
The conspiracies are coming straight from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated terrorist organization and one of the most powerful forces in Iranian economics, politics, and foreign policy:
On March 5, Press TV claimed that “Zionist elements developed a deadlier strain of coronavirus against Iran.” Although the report claimed to reference a foreign “academic,” it fits the pattern of Iran using foreign experts to give the regime’s own views a patina of authority. The agenda of Tehran has been three-fold since the coronavirus outbreak began to affect Iran in mid-February. Iran initially denied that there was a virus outbreak so that it could increase voter turnout for the February 21 election.
Iran has a long history of attacking Israel and the Jewish people, which is one of the most pointed reasons why the world is opposed to the Persian nation developing nuclear weapons.
Iran Now Blaming United States for Crash of Ukrainian Airliner
This is rich…
If we know one thing about the Iranian regime, it’s that they are unpredictable saber-rattlers who constantly seek to upend global decorum.
They have been the recipient of a great deal of international attention on account of their uncouth actions, and they have doubled down on their nonsense in an effort to reverse some of the sanctions levied against them. This maneuver, common with dictators such as Kim Jong Un, will inevitably lead to failure, however, it is somewhat effective in nations where the media is state-run. Every victory for the leadership is heralded, and every loss is buried.
So, after Iran was forced to admit to “unintentionally” shooting down a Ukrainian airliner during their ballistic missile blitz against US soldiers stationed in Iraq, the Persian people took to the streets to demand justice and an end to the Islamic regime.
This has Tehran seemingly changing their tune.
Senior Iranian officials suggested on Wednesday that U.S. “cyberattacks” and “enemy sabotage” may have taken down Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) Flight 752, less than a week after Tehran admitted its soldiers shot the civilian plane out of the sky.
Radio Farda, the Persian wing of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, cited remarks by Iran Guardian Council chairman Ahmad Jannati on Wednesday speculating that “enemy sabotage” may have played a role in the plane’s demise. Another official, Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi, made a more concrete accusation against the United States – that Washington hacked Iran’s airspace radar systems in a “cyberattack,” making it impossible for authorities to tell if the commercial airliner was an enemy missile targeting the capital.
It is doubtful that many within the international intelligence community will give these new allegations any sort of gravity, given the long history of ridiculous falsehoods Iran is famous for.
Iranian People’s Love for Trump Breaks A Twitter Record, The Left-Media Ignores It
President Donald Trump broke a record on Twitter this week, yet the media has completely ignored it.
Trump broke a record on Twitter this week, yet the media has completely ignored it. Why? Because the record resulted from the support millions of regular Iranian citizens have for President Donald Trump.
The President set a Twitter record by Tweeting out the most liked Tweet ever posted in Farsi, Iran’s most important language.
With the terror-loving Mullahs cracking down on the pro-democracy activists in Iran, President Trump tweeted out his support for the Iranian people.
“To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you,” Trump tweeted in Farsi. “We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring.”
به مردم شجاع و رنج کشیده ایران: من از ابتدای دوره ریاست جمهوریم با شما ایستادهام و دولت من همچنان با شما خواهد ایستاد. ما اعتراضات شما را از نزدیک دنبال می کنیم. شجاعت شما الهام بخش است.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2020
Trump’s tweet came on the heels of millions of regular Iranian citizens flooded the streets to protest against the terroristic regime of the ruling Mullahs.
In turn, the Iranian government began cracking down on the people by beating them, arresting them, and even killing them.
By Monday evening, the tweet had earned more than 360,000 likes.
Saeed Ghasseminejad, a senior adviser and financial economist at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, noted that the tweet was a record-breaking posting.
This tweet by @realDonaldTrump with more than 100k likes is already the most liked Persian tweet in the history of Twitter. A strong show of support by Iranians for Trump's Iran policy, something the MSM does not and will not report. https://t.co/4tZ0IgDZmx
— Saeed Ghasseminejad (@SGhasseminejad) January 11, 2020
In another Tweet, Trump wrote, “The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people. There cannot be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching.”
دولت ایران باید به گروههای حقوق بشر اجازه بدهد حقیقت کنونی اعتراضات در جریان مردم ایران را نظارت کرده و گزارش بدهند. نباید شاهد کشتار دوباره ی معترضان مسالمت آمیز و یا قطع اینترنت باشیم. جهان نظاره گر این اتفاقات است.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2020
So, why has the U.S. media ignored all this? Because it shows that the Iranian people love Donald Trump. And the media can’t have that.
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