Liberman blasts Europeans for ignoring Iran’s repression of dancer

Israel’s defense minister lambasted Europeans for criticizing the Jewish state while giving money to Iran as it represses the freedoms of its citizens. 

By: World Israel News Staff

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman lashed out at European countries for criticizing Israel while ignoring Iran’s repression of Instagram celebrity and dancer Maedeh Hojabri.

“European nations permit themselves to meddle in internal Israeli politics, including how we defend our borders,” Liberman tweeted.

“But they have no problem giving money to an ayatollah regime that imprisons an 18-year-old who danced without a headscarf.”

Liberman was referring to the case of Iranian Instagram celebrity and dancer Maedeh Hojabri who was arrested by the Islamic Republic for uploading videos of herself dancing.

“If [the Europeans] were a bit more honest and little less hypocritical they would break off ties with Khamenei’s oppressive and murderous regime until it is overthrown,” the defense minister stated.

In response to Hojabri’s arrest, Iranians began posting videos of themselves dancing on social media.

Hojabri’s Instagram account has since been shut down, and she was made to appear on state television after her arrest, where she expressed remorse.

Before her detention, Hojabri reportedly posted dozens of clips of herself dancing to Iranian pop music and Western tunes like DJ Snake’s “Let me love you” and Sia’s “Cheap Thrills.”

Meanwhile, another Iranian woman was reportedly sentence to 20 years in prison for removing her headscarf in protest in December.

Shapark Shajarizadeh, 42, posted on her personal website that she was jailed for “opposing the compulsory hijab” and “waving a white flag of peace in the street.”

AP said there was no immediate comment from Iranian officials.