Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamene praises US anti-Israel campus protesters

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, known for his brutal crackdown on protests in Iran, expressed support for anti-Israel protesters on a US college campus on Wednesday, claiming they are “on the right side of history.”

“Dear college students of the United States of America, you are on the right side of history,” the 85-year-old radical cleric posted on X.

“You have now formed branches of the Resistance Front and launched an honorable struggle against the relentless pressure of a government that openly supports the Zionists,” Khamenei added.

Khamenei has been accused by the United Nations of “crimes against humanity.” AFP via Getty Images

Ayatollah Khamenei, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s top political and religious leader, praised the “support and solidarity” some student protesters received from “professors” as an “important development” for the anti-Israel movement.

“I empathize with all of you young people and greatly appreciate your perseverance,” he wrote.

The Islamic fundamentalist dictator then offered some “advice” to the student protesters.

“To all college students in the United States, I advise you to become familiar with the Quran,” Khamenei said.

a United Nations Human Rights Council ReportThe report, released in March, concluded that Iranian officials, including Khamenei, “encouraged, condoned and supported human rights violations” in the regime’s crackdown on widespread protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Martha Amini in police custody in September 2022.

Amini had been arrested on suspicion of violating the regime’s strict dress code, which requires women to wear headscarves.

UN investigators have concluded that many of the regime’s human rights abuses related to the protests amounted to “crimes against humanity.”

“[A]”Officials at the highest levels of the state, including the supreme leader and senior members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, participated in, aided, or were otherwise complicit in the violations,” the report said.

A wave of anti-Israel protests on American college campuses has been marked by tent cities set up by disruptive demonstrators. James Kavom

Since mid-April, anti-Israel protests have spread to more than 25 campuses across the United States, from Columbia University in New York to the University of California, Los Angeles, and more than 1,000 university students have been arrested.

Since the first “Gaza solidarity camp” was established at Columbia University last month, numerous tent camps have popped up at demonstrations at Ivy League and state universities.

Some Jewish students and faculty say the tent camps have forced them off campus for their own safety.

In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, Khamenei supported US student protests against Israel. X / @khamenei_ir

Anti-Israel protesters demanded that the school withdraw its funds from the Jewish state.

Some protesters have called for a new “intifada” and have engaged in anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation of Jewish and pro-Israel students and faculty.

The term “intifada” refers to previous Palestinian uprisings that killed hundreds of Israeli soldiers and civilians. The last major uprising, known as the “Second Intifada,” took place in the early 2000s.

The protests on campus Hamas approved it in April. The terrorist group responsible for the deadly massacre that took place in Israel on October 7, 2023.