The image, of a pregnant woman with the word "terror" written inside her belly, is titled, "Iran breeding in the Middle East." Since going up, it has been retweeted about 1,400 times, and received over 5,000 likes and nearly 3,000 comments.
Many users slammed the tweet, calling it out for racism and hypocrisy.
— Kevin Sussman (@KevinSussman) April 7, 2019
— I’m a cop, you idiot (@imacopyouidiot9) April 7, 2019
— ArizonaComrade (@DouglasLeih) April 7, 2019
Israel breeding in the Middle East— Name cannot be left blank (@Ternz) April 7, 2019— Ariel Gold 🔥💕 אריאל (@ArielElyseGold) April 7, 2019
Some even had advice for the IDF on keeping racism under wraps.
— Jesse Benn (@JesseBenn) April 7, 2019
Despite one user reporting the tweet for its content, Twitter, which has a policy against hateful speech, has yet to take any action.
It wasn't all criticism, though. A few users showed outward support:
— Flameo 🌽 (@flameoguy) April 7, 2019
One jumped to defend Israel's right to self-defense:
— Kimber (@sunburnedblonde) April 7, 2019
On Monday, IDF also tweeted a one-minute video on Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, linking the group's activities to terrorist attacks in 16 countries including the US and Argentina. This came on the same day as US President Donald Trump formally announced that his administration was designating the IRGC a "foreign terrorist group," a decision Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to praise.