I was judged by social media, says fired BBC reporter for ‘Hitler was right’ tweet – .

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I was judged by social media, says fired BBC reporter for ‘Hitler was right’ tweet – .


A BBC reporter who was fired after tweeting that ‘Hitler was right’ claimed she was the victim of a ‘social media trial’.

Tala Halawa, who worked as a Palestine specialist for the company’s BBC monitoring service, was suspended when the comments, published in 2014, surfaced in May. She was fired three weeks later following an investigation.

In July 2014, during the seven week Gaza war between Israel and Palestine, Ms. Halawa wrote on her Twitter profile: “Israel is more Nazi than Hitler… IDF goes to hell” with the hashtags “#HitlerWasRight” and “#PrayForGaza”.

The conflict saw Israel launch a military operation in the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas rocket attacks.

Ms Halawa’s tweet was widely criticized on social media after it was released. Making comparisons “between contemporary Israeli policy and that of the Nazis” is included in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism.

In a new Twitter post, Ms Halawa, who works from the city of Ramallah, said she was “a young Palestinian tweeting in the heat of the moment.”

“The offensive and ignorant words I posted at the time did not reflect my political views as much then as they do today,” she wrote. “I am proud of the fact that during my four years at the BBC I have always been known for my impartiality and professional journalism, even during the most difficult times. “

Ms Halawa accused the BBC of “going to court with social media,” and said she was “capitulating under pressure from external pro-Israel interest groups.”

“I recently published a video report for the company on celebrities criticized, trolled and canceled for supporting Palestinian self-determination. What happened [to me] sounds familiar to me both as a Palestinian and as a woman of color, ”she said.

Ms Halawa joined the BBC in 2017 and covered recent violence between Israel and Palestine. This included an explanatory video for BBC Monitoring on the situation in Gaza, which saw clashes between opposing groups.

The BBC has been contacted for comment.

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