BBC Investigates Ramallah-Based Journalist For Reportedly Saying ‘Hitler Was Right’


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BBC launched an investigation Sunday into one of its journalists after it was reported that a past tweet with the “#HitlerWasRight” hashtag surfaced.

Tala Halawa, a “Palestine Specialist” for BBC Monitoring based in Ramallah, a Palestinian territory in the West Bank, reportedly tweeted “#Israel is more #Nazi than #Hitler ! Oh, #HitlerWasRight #IDF go to hell #PrayForGaza.”

The tweet was posted in July 2014 during the Gaza War which lasted 50 days and claimed the lives of 2,251 Palestinians and 67 Israelis, according to BBC. The Israeli offense — dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” — started in response to continued Hamas rocket attacks emanating from the Hamas-held Gaza strip, BBC reported.

The anti-Semitic statement was unearthed Sunday by the Honest Reporting Twitter account, which defines its mission as promoting “fairness and accuracy in media coverage of Israel.”

Halawa was reporting on the May conflict between Israel and Hamas, which remains ongoing. The warring governments agreed to a ceasefire Thursday after two weeks of fighting.

She had produced a video piece on Bella Hadid’s support of the Palestinians.

“These tweets predate the individual’s employment with the BBC but we are nevertheless taking this very seriously and are investigating,” a BBC spokesperson told The Daily Mail. (RELATED: Bernie Sanders Condemns Hamas, But Says Helping Israel Is Not The Answer)

Previously, CNN denounced its freelance contributor’s “The world today needs a Hitler” tweet which had caused massive backlash online.

In another similar incident, The Associated Press (AP) terminated journalist Emily Wilder for her pro-Palestinian activism in college. The AP reportedly said “no” to Wilder’s request to name the policy that her actions had allegedly violated.