CNN Photo Editor Resigns After Anti-Semitic Tweets Resurface

CNN is caught in another bigotry scandal.

A CNN employee resigned after anti-Semitic Tweets resurfaced Thursday.

“More than 4 jewish pigs killed in #Jerusalem today by the Palestinian bomb explode. #Israel #Gaza,” Mohammed Elshamy said in 2011.

March 23, 2011 was the same day a terror attack “killed a Christian woman who was studying in Israel & severely injured a 14-year-old Israeli girl who would succumb to her wounds 6 yrs later. The attack injured 39 more,” according to Jordan Schachtel.

Further Tweets showed that Elshamy celebrated and supported HAMAS, the Palestinian terror organization.

“HAMAS HAMAS HAMAS #Anti-Israel #Gaza #Palestine #Hamas,” Elshamy Tweeted in 2010.

He bragged about having a Hamas flag in 2011:

He also celebrated the Holocaust during a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2011:

CNN said it had accepted Elshamy resignation, according to Washington Examiner.

[T]he 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 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.”

Elshamy released a statement after his resignation. He said:

“Yesterday, tweets that I made in 2011 resurfaced in which I made offensive and hateful comments. I want to unequivocally express my apology to everyone, especially those in the Jewish community, who were offended by the tweets. I also want to apologize to my family, friends, and mentors who I am ashamed to have let down in this way. These views, which I posted when I was 16, are ones I no longer hold and have not held for many years,” Nor do they represent the values I carry in my professional career, which began at a very young age, and, through which, I have witnessed first-hand wars, massacres and conflicts – in short, the awful cost of hate, especially when directed at marginalized people. I would like to thank everyone at CNN, especially my manager, for the opportunity they gave me. It is with great regret that I have presented my resignation. I hope that the work I have produced in my photography career, as well as the work I hope to be privileged enough to continue to produce, will be a testament to the ethics that I value today. I will continue to work on becoming a better person, one who does not discriminate, hate, or accept injustice, and I will continue to hold myself accountable for my actions, and work to correct any harm I have caused.”

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