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Khamenei may not raise his hand again.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei supposedly met with environmental activists in Tehran on Sunday, two days after he was hospitalized and hours after social media chatter said he is dead.

“Frequent news about the death of Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, the Persian State might be a serious historical change doors,” tweeted Gamal Sultan, a Cairo-based journalist for Rassd News.

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The claim by the regime’s propaganda organ Fars News Agency of his supposed attendance in public was not accompanied by any photograph or quotes, another indication that the paranoid propaganda machine is keeping a gag order on his reported death until it feels dissidents won’t exploit a power vacuum.

Fars reported Sunday:

The public meeting that was held in the national Week of Natural Resources was particularly important as it put an end to Israeli driven rumors in the social media and a number of western websites in the last three days that alleged the Iranian leader has been hospitalized due to critical health conditions.

Some western media outlets pushed the rumor so much that they claimed that Tehran would soon announce the leader’s demise.

But it was Iranian media that reported on Friday he had been hospitalized, and if he had been released, Fars certainly would have headlined it.

Furthermore, Khamenei’s “public meeting’ supposedly with environmentalist activists, is not an event that deserves headiness in Iran.

The Jewish Press reported here on Friday that Khamenei was critically ill from a stage four cancer condition.

Khamenei has ruled for 26 years and has led a regime based on strict Islamic law. He was behind the brutal suppression of the protest movement in 2009, which resulted in the deaths and disappearance of thousands of demonstrators, and the murders of American soldiers in Lebanon in the 1980s.

It is hard to ignore the timing of Khamenei’s hospitalization and reported death with Purim and talks on an agreement on Iran’s nuclear development.

His critical condition – or death – will make it difficult for the Islamic Republic to reach an agreement with the P5+1 powers by the end of the month.

Khamenei has called the shots, and a power vacuum leaves all of the little power mongers clawing at each other to replace him. If there is not an immediate replacement, it might give a green light to dissidents to come out of the woodwork and demand an end to the Islamic regime.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

65 COMMENTS

  1. Im sure obama will fly to the side of the mourning to show them the respect he couldn’t show an alie such as PM Bibi just a few days ago. Once again Obama will do something no other US President has ever done in some fashion or another. He’ll bring us as a country shame as he is so famous for doing. Khamenei’s death will be another chance for Obama to show his favor to the Muslims we are enimies with once again. This is more than just the death of an evil leader who ruled a people that chant ,”DEATH to the GREAT SATAN, America.” Oh no it is Obama’s chance to sleep with the enemy again. Im sure our Emperor will cry and at the least write a letter of deep condolece.

  2. everytime he rose his hands, thousends of innocent Iranians lost hope. we the Iranians have lost 20 million of our fellow countrymen since mullaism has taken Iran; from addiction,torture, lack of access to medicine, war, jail, hanging and illnesses; almost half the number of people lost their lives in second world war.

  3. so if there were no photographs with the Fars story, how come there are photos with attached story and others? Media contradictions need to be resolved or all the stories are questionable.

  4. remember when a soviet leader "caught a cold" and was out of sight for a while, then the somber music would be played on the radio and they would announce so and so was dead. they were shoring up things for the new dictator to assure control of everything. only then would they announce that fearless leader had assumed room temperature.

  5. I know this may be childish, but i am trying to line up the players of yore with today. If Khomeni is Haman, , Obama , Achasvarus, Netanyahu is Mordechai-does that make Jon Boehner- Esther?

  6. This One IS Real Easy to Comment on and Explain. Anyone May Access Latex rubber, Spirit Glue, facial putty, saffron that has been dyed white, a White costume houses' Wig and Black Mullahs' Turban + black Islamic "clerical " Garb ! This imposter is as Fake as a "three Dollar Bill "!! Notice… NO Close –Up shots have been made available, and don't look for one anytime soon !!

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