Google is reportedly reassigning its diversity head Thursday for writing that Jews have an “insatiable appetite for war” and “insensitivity to the suffering of others” in a 2007 blog post.
Kamau Bobb wrote about his perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts in a November 30, 2007, blog post titled, “If I Were A Jew,” according to the Free Beacon. Among other things, the blog claimed that Jews should be concerned about their “appetite for war and killing” and “insensitivity to suffering.”
“If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself. Self defense is undoubtedly an instinct, but I would be afraid of my increasing insensitivity to the suffering [of] others,” the blog said, according to the Free Beacon.
Google issued a statement Thursday saying Bobb has acknowledged his words were hurtful and that he will no longer be part of the diversity team. Google told The Verge that Bobb remains at the company.
“We unequivocally condemn the past writings by a member of our diversity team that are causing deep offense and pain to members of our Jewish community,” the statement said. “These writings are unquestionably hurtful. The author acknowledges this and has apologized.”
The blog post criticized Israel’s role in the violence sparked by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict of 2007, saying that if he was Jewish, he would be “tormented” by Israel’s “appetite for vengeful violence.” Conflict escalated between Israel and Palestine in 2007 after the terror group Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip at the time. (RELATED: ‘I Was Just Canceled’: AP Journalist Fired Anti-Israel Comments)
Bobb also referred to the 2006 Lebanon War, when a Lebanese militant group fired rockets at Israel border towns, leading to Israeli retaliation through airstrikes and artillery, according to The New York Times. The blog claimed it was unjustifiable to bomb and slaughter Lebanese people, and argued that Jews should empathize with those suffering in the Middle East conflicts.
“It cannot be that the sum total of a history of suffering and slaughter places such a premium on my identity that I would be willing to damn others in defense of it,” Bobb wrote.
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