A BBC reporter who tweeted ‘#HitlerWasRight’ seven years ago has sparked an investigation after the message was discovered.
Tala Halawa had claimed “Israel is more Nazi than Hitler” and told the Israel Defense Forces “to go to hell” in an online post dated July 20, 2014, before becoming a digital reporter for the BBC.
Halawa, whose Twitter biography identifies him as being located in Ramallah, Palestine, used the hashtag “#PrayForGaza” as well as “#HitlerWasRight” in the tweet.
A screenshot of the landmark article was posted today by Honest Reporting’s 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 millions of people around the world.
“In what world can someone like that work for professional media?
A BBC spokesperson told MailOnline: “These tweets predate the individual’s employment with the BBC, but we take this very seriously and are investigating nonetheless. ”
Tala Halawa, Palestine Specialist for BBC Monitoring, covered the recent conflict in Gaza this week and did a piece for the camera in a video covering Bella Hadid’s position on the conflict in the region.
Tala Halawa had claimed “Israel is more Nazi than Hitler” and told the Israel Defense Forces “to go to hell” in an online post on July 20, 2014, before being a digital reporter for the BBC.
Halawa, Palestine Specialist for BBC Monitoring, covered the recent conflict in Gaza this week, and did a piece for the camera in a video covering Bella Hadid’s position on the conflict in the region.
She had also previously tweeted “our media is produced by our Zionist government in order to produce ignorant people”, “#Zionists cannot get tired of our blood” and “they mourn the holocaust every moment but they practicing it. also at all times, ”Honest Reporting revealed.
MailOnline has contacted Halawa for comment.
Ms. Halawa, whose Twitter biography identifies her as being located in Ramallah, Palestine, used the hashtag “#PrayForGaza”, as well as “#HitlerWasRight”.
It comes after tThe Associated Press fired a young journalist for her pro-Palestinian social media activity.
Emily Wilder, 22, started at the AP on May 3 as a Phoenix-based Western United States Press Associate.
On Wednesday, just over two weeks later, the AP informed her that she was being fired for violations of her social media policy that took place after she became an employee.
His Twitter feed since joining the PA contains a few retweets that seem sympathetic to Palestinians in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, including a video clip of protesters chanting, “Free, Free Palestine!
On Sunday, she tweeted: ‘Objectivity’ is inconstant when the basic terms we use to report information implicitly take an assertion. using “Israel” but never “Palestine”, or “war” but not “siege and occupation” are political choices – yet the media make these exact choices all the time without being flagged as biased.
AP prohibits employees from expressing their opinions openly on political and other public matters for fear of damaging the news organization’s reputation for objectivity and endangering its many journalists around the world.