Once again past activity on social media has come back to bite a young professional. In this case, past tweets posted by a photo editor and writer working for CNN came to light. Thursday CNN accepted his resignation.
Mohammed Elshamy, an Egyptian-born photojournalist was hired by CNN in 2019. Tweets from 2011 show a pattern of anti-Semitic posts and even a justification for the act of murder against Jews. He referred to Jewish people and Egyptian police as "pigs". Public outrage when Elshamy's tweets were exposed was swift and strong. His call for the murder of several people along with a sign in a photo which read "My dream #egypt #pigs" is particularly disturbing. He claimed the murders could be justified by labeling it self-defense. He openly supported Hamas, an Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorist organization that seeks the destruction of Israel.
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This isn't the first time that CNN has been exposed for hiring anti-Semitic personnel. In 2018, contributor Marc Lamont Hill, a Temple University professor was fired after he called for an armed Palestinian "resistance" against Israel. He also used a known Hamas rallying cry calling for the destruction of the Jewish State during a speech at the United Nations.
During his remarks, Hill called for a free Palestine, "from the river to the sea," a line which has been used repeatedly by Hamas leader Khaled Mash'al. The phrase was also used by the Palestinian Liberation Organization beginning with its founding in 1964, when it was still classified as a terror group.
It does raise the question – why does CNN continue to hire anti-Semites?
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