Second CNN contributor accused of anti-Semitic posts
For the second time in two days it has been revealed that a CNN contributor made shockingly hateful anti-Semitic posts on social media.
The latest was Karim Farid, who has a digital tech show on CNN Arabic. Farid apologized for the statements he made in 2011.
“I love you Hitler,” he wrote in Arabic and praised the Nazi leader for “his determination to reach his goal.” But he implied that the posts were taken out of context.
“I was horrified to re-read some of my old tweets from 2011 during the emotional Arab spring events in Cairo. I have never been a supporter of Hitler or any of his believes and actions and these translated tweets are not a reflection of who I am and what I believe in,” he said in a statement on Saturday.
Mr. Farid, what exactly did you mean by, “I love you Hitler”? How many ways could this be interpreted? And what goals do you love him for being determined to reach? Lower unemployment? Better health care? Or maybe killing 6,000,000 out of 11,000,000 Jews in Europe!
Farid wasn’t fired, but the revelation of his posts comes a day after his coworker Mohammed Elshamy resigned. His tweets, also from 2011, referred to “Zionist pigs” and praised a Palestinian terror attack.
“More than 4 jewish pigs killed in #Jerusalem today by the Palestinian bomb explode. #Israel #Gaza,” he wrote following a terrorist attack in 2011 that killed a Christian woman who was studying in Israel and injured a 14-year-old Israeli girl who died of her injuries six years later.
In another Twitter post in 2011 he wrote, “Despite everything happening now in Egypt, I’m proud of the army generation that liberated us from the zionist pigs @ 6 october 1973 #israel.”
The 25-year-old former photojournalist began working at CNN headquarters in Atlanta in January.
“The network has accepted the resignation of a photo editor, who joined CNN earlier this year, after anti-Semitic statements he’d made in 2011 came to light,” CNN spokesman Matt Dornic said. “CNN is committed to maintaining a workplace in which every employee feels safe, secure and free from discrimination regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion.”