Iran's Khamenei tweets about Jesus during festive season

Iran supreme leader uses Twitter to blast U.S .and says #BlackLivesMatter

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took advantage of the festive Christmas season to renew his criticism of America and Israel with tweets referencing Jesus Christ.

“Today, arrogants claim to follow #Jesus but they took the place of tyrants against whom Jesus spent his life to fight. #KillerIsrael,” read a statement from Khamenei's English-language Twitter feed on Dec. 27.

The 75-year-old Ayatollah has used the word “arrogant” to describe the United States and its leaders on previous occasions.

Jumping into the debate over the police violence in the United States, he said in a another tweet: “It's expected that followers of #Jesus follow him in his fight against arrogants and in his support for the oppressed.” The tweet was accompanied by the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

Another tweet referred to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old- black man Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9, 2014.

“#Jesus endured sufferings to oppose tyrants who had put humans in hell in this world& the hereafter while he backed the oppressed. #Ferguson,” Khamanei said in his tweet.

In another tweet on Christmas eve, Khamenei said: “If #Jesus were among us today he wouldn't spare a second to fight the arrogants&support the oppressed.#Ferguson #Gaza.”

The Iranian leader urged “all caring Muslims, Christians & Jews to obey the prophets & truly honor #Jesus' birthday by standing up agnst Israeli crimes.”

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