Authorities in Iran have banned popular social-networking site Facebook until after the Islamic Republic’s presidential election in mid-June.

Iranian politician Mir-Hossein
Iranian politician Mir-Hossein

Iranian media has reported that the ban comes as a result of the success President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opponent Mir-Hossein Mousavi has had using the site to advance his campaign, according to a report on Army Radio.

The use of Facebook in the Arab and Muslim world has risen dramatically over the past year where it has become a popular networking and organizational tool. The site is very popular in Israel, and last week the Shin Bet security service warned Israeli citizens to beware of attempts by terrorist groups to recruit them as agents via Facebook and other social networking sites on the Internet.

The security service has cited a number of recent incidents in which Arab terrorists have tried to lure Israelis to join their cells, either by making direct contact or by trying to arrange a seemingly innocent meeting with the intention of kidnapping them.

Source: The Israeli daily Haaretz.

My comment:

Since there is no free and fair elections in Iran, all free and democratic Western nations should call for a boycott of Iran. The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also a Holocaust denier, and has publicly expresses a desire to destroy Israel.

Strangely, many Western nations have Government`s that talks about a possible boycott of Israel. If they want to do so, Israel will not ban them for expressing such a view on Face book.

All of them are welcome as tourists to the state of Israel, that have freedom of expression, even for those who wants to harm her.