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BBC said it is investigating one of their digital journalists after a watchdog group unearthed a seven-year-old tweet she had written accusing the nation of Israel of being more Nazi than Hitler.
“#Israel is more #Nazi than #Hitler!” Tala Halawa, wrote in a July 2014 remark on Twitter. “#Hitlerwasright #IDF go to hell.”BBC journalist Tala Halawa wrote on Twitter. “IDF go to hell.”
Mediaite reports the comment was unearthed on Sunday by media watchdog Honest Reporting.
A spokesperson for the BBC said in a statement that the tweet came before Halawa joined the network. She currently works as a “Palestinian specialist” based in Ramallah.
“These tweets predate the individual’s employment with the BBC, but we are nevertheless taking this very seriously and are investigating,” the network said in a statement.
It was not the only anti-Semitic message posted by Halawa.
“Zionists can’t get enough of our blood,” she wrote in another message. “They’re crying the holocaust every single moment but they’re practicing it every single moment as well.”
Regardless of when Halawa wrote the message, it is incredibly disturbing. And it’s further evidence of the anti-Semitism that has taken root in many global newsrooms.
Earlier this month CNN cut ties with Adeel Raja, a freelancer based in Pakistan, after he wrote “the world needs a Hitler.”
In 2014, while presumably watching the FIFA World Cup, Raja tweeted, “The only reason I am supporting Germany in the finals — Hitler was a German and he did good with those Jews.” The next day, he tweeted, “Hail Hitler.”
Associated Press fired journalist Emily Wilder over her anti-Israel activism in college.
“Before joining the AP, Wilder co-led the Students for Justice in Palestine group at Stanford University, where she hosted a 2019 speech by cartoonist Eli Valley, whose anti-Israel drawings often depict Nazi imagery and offensive caricatures of Jews,” the Washington Free Beacon reported. “The speech drew national attention after Wilder’s group papered over posters from a Republican student group with Valley cartoons that were criticized as ‘largely indistinguishable from classic Nazi Jew-hatred.'”
Click here to read Honest Reporting’s investigative story.
Tala Halawa is a "digital journalist" for the @BBC.— HonestReporting (@HonestReporting) May 23, 2021
Halawa directly influences and creates news content watched by many millions around the world.
In what world can someone like this work for a professional news outlet? pic.twitter.com/r2LIHmZfF2