BBC journalist is blasted for online post saying #HitlerWasRight and ‘Israel is more Nazi than Hitler!’
- Tala Halawa had tweeted ‘#HitlerWasRight’ in 2014, before starting at the BBC
- Halawa’s tweet telling Israeli Defence Force to ‘go to hell’ was uploaded today
- A BBC Spokesperson told MailOnline the corporation is ‘investigating’ the matter
A BBC journalist who tweeted ‘#HitlerWasRight’ seven years ago has sparked an investigation after the post was unearthed.
Tala Halawa had claimed ‘Israel is more Nazi than Hitler’ and told the Israeli Defence Force to ‘go to hell’ in an online post dated July 20, 2014, before she was a digital reporter at the BBC.
Halawa, whose Twitter biography identifies her as located in Ramallah, Palestine, had used the hashtag ‘#PrayForGaza’, along with ‘#HitlerWasRight’ in the tweet.
A screenshot of the historic post was today uploaded online by the Honest Reporting Twitter account, which describes itself as promoting ‘fairness and accuracy in media coverage of Israel’.
The account posted: ‘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?’
A BBC Spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘These tweets predate the individual’s employment with the BBC but we are nevertheless taking this very seriously and are investigating.’
Tala Halawa, a Palestine Specialist for BBC Monitoring, had been covering the recent conflict in Gaza this week, and had done a piece to camera in a video covering Bella Hadid’s stance on the conflict in the region
Tala Halawa had claimed ‘Israel is more Nazi than Hitler’ and told the Israeli Defence Force to ‘go to hell’ in an online post on July 20, 2014, before she was a digital reporter at the BBC
Halawa, a Palestine Specialist for BBC Monitoring, had been covering the recent conflict in Gaza this week, and had done a piece to camera in a video covering Bella Hadid’s stance on the conflict in the region.
She had also previously tweeted ‘ur media is produced by ur zionist government in order 2 produce ignorant people’, ‘#Zionists can’t get enough of our blood’ and ‘they’re are crying the holocaust every single moment but they’re practicing it every single moment as well,’ Honest Reporting revealed.
MailOnline have contacted Halawa for comment.
Ms Halawa, whose Twitter biography identifies her as located in Ramallah, Palestine, had used the hashtag ‘#PrayForGaza’, along with ‘#HitlerWasRight’
It comes after the Associated Press fired a young journalist over her pro-Palestinian social media activity.
Emily Wilder, 22, had started at the AP on May 3 as a news associate for the Western U.S., based in Phoenix.
On Wednesday, just over two weeks later, the AP informed her that she was being terminated for violations of its social media policy that took place after she became an employee.
Her Twitter feed since joining the AP contains a few retweets that appear sympathetic to Palestinians in the current Gaza conflict, including a video clip of demonstrators chanting, ‘Free, free Palestine!’
On Sunday, she tweeted: ‘`objectivity’ feels fickle when the basic terms we use to report news implicitly take a claim. using `Israel’ but never `Palestine,’ or `war’ but not `siege and occupation’ are political choices – yet media make those exact choices all the time without being flagged as biased.’
AP prohibits employees from openly expressing their opinions on political matters and other public issues for fear that could damage the news organisation’s reputation for objectivity and jeopardize its many reporters around the world.
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