On Monday, it was reported that an Iranian group has offered $100,000 to anyone who blows up the new American embassy in Jerusalem. That news came courtesy of the University Student News Network, a regional Farsi-language site, as The Washington Free Beacon reports.
The Iranian Justice Seeker Student Movement reportedly distributed posters with a message written in Farsi, Arabic, and English, that states, “The Student Justice Movement will support anybody who destroy the illegal American embassy in Jerusalem,” adding that there would be a “$100,000 dollar prize for the person who destroys the illegal American embassy in Jerusalem.”
The report from the University Student News Network stated, “The Student Movement for Justice declared, ‘Whoever bombs the embassy’s building will receive a $100,000 award.’”
Michael Rubin told The Washington Free Beacon that the threat was reflective of the Iranian government’s championing of terrorism. He said, “Unfortunately, terrorism directed toward diplomats and embassies has become a central pillar of the Islamic Republic’s culture. Terrorism is lionized in Iranian schools. This bounty is more the rule than the exception. To blame Washington or Jerusalem is to blame the victim and give terrorists a veto over U.S. policy.”
Behnam Ben Taleblu, an research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, added, “This is nothing short of an invitation to a heinous act of an international terror by a student group that looks up to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror—the Islamic Republic of Iran.”