A 5th-grade student gave a first-person speech dressed as Hitler. The teacher and school’s principal are now on administrative leave.

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A student at Maugham Elementary School dressed as Adolf Hitler for a school project.

  • A fifth-grade student dressed as Adolf Hitler and gave a speech titled, “Accomplishments.”
  • The speech was part of a “Character Development project” organized by his teacher, Fox News said.
  • The school’s principal and the student’s teacher have been placed on administrative leave.
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Two staff members have been placed on administrative leave after a fifth-grade student at a New Jersey elementary school gave a first-person speech as Adolf Hitler to his class, according to a statement by Tenafly Public Schools Superintendent Shauna C. DeMarco.

The student at Maugham Elementary School dressed as the Nazi dictator while reading out his handwritten report that was titled, “Accomplishments,” Fox News reported.”My greatest accomplishment was uniting a great mass of German and Austrian people behind me,” the student wrote, according to the media outlet.

“I was pretty great, wasn’t I?” the report continued. “I was very popular, and many people followed me until I died. My belif [sic] in antisemitism drove me to kill more than 6 million Jews.”

The speech, part of a “Character Development project” organized by their teacher, who is Jewish, was displayed in the school’s hallways. It was later shared on Facebook by Lori Birk, an Englewood resident, but has since been deleted.

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DeMarco confirmed in a statement on Thursday that an investigation is underway as the project violated the district’s curriculum and that the teacher and principal of the school have been placed on administrative leave.

“They will remain on leave pending the conclusion of my investigation, recommendations to the Board, and the Board’s further action,” DeMarco said. “I also have recommended that the Board appoint an acting principal and replacement teacher at Maugham immediately.”

The superintendent added that the incident has been stressful for many people. “This has had a devastating impact on the student involved and their family, who have been thrown into turmoil through no fault of their own. It has also been incredibly painful for our Jewish community members in the face of increasing instances of antisemitism around the country.”

DeMarco referred to the incident as a “failure” in the statement. “The events that have unfolded represent a failure in both providing the safe learning environment that all our kids need to learn and grow, as well as a failure in the school’s initial handling,’ she said.

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Google removes its head of diversity after 2007 blog post surfaces in which he claimed Jews have ‘an insatiable appetite for war’

  • Kamau Bobb, head of Google’s diversity strategy and research team, was removed from his post after an antisemitic blog post he had written was uncovered.
  • Bobb wrote that Israel had “an insatiable appetite for vengeful violence” in a 2007 post.
  • Google apologized for his comments and said he was being reassigned to a role on the company’s STEM team.
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Google announced it’s removing its global lead on diversity strategy and research from his post after it was discovered he’d made antisemitic comments in a past blog post.

Kamau Bobb will be reassigned to a STEM research role after The Washington Free Beacon uncovered a 2007 blog post by Bobb titled “If I were a Jew.”

“If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself,” he wrote in the now-deleted post.

“If I were a Jew today, my sensibilities would be tormented. I would find it increasingly difficult to reconcile the long cycles of oppression that Jewish people have endured and the insatiable appetite for vengeful violence that Israel, my homeland, has now acquired.”

The post appeared to be written following an outbreak of violence between Lebanon and Israel in late 2007.

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Google in Manhattan.

“I don’t know how I would reconcile that identity with the behavior of fundamentalist Jewish extremists or of Israel as a nation. The details would confuse me. I wouldn’t understand those who suggest that bombing Lebanon, slaughtering Lebanese people, and largely destroying Beirut in retaliation for the capture of a few soldiers is justified,” Bobb wrote.

After the Beacon published its story on Bobb, which included long excerpts from his blog post, several leading Jewish groups, including the Simon Weisenthal Center and Stop Antisemitism, tweeted that Bobb should be fired.

Instead of firing him, though, Google is moving Bobb into a STEM-focused role.

In a statement released Wednesday evening, Google said it “condemned the past writings by a member of our diversity team that are causing deep offense and pain to members of our Jewish community and our LGBTQ+ community.”

“These writings are unquestionably hurtful,” the statement continued. “The author acknowledges this and has apologized. He will no longer be part of our diversity team going forward and will focus on his STEM work.”

Insider has reached out to Kamau Bobb and Google for comment.

Bobb had been in the diversity chief role for nearly three years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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Palestinian BBC journalist who tweeted that ‘Hitler was right’ is being investigated by the broadcaster

A screenshot of Tala Halawa's most recent BBC story
A screenshot of Tala Halawa’s most recent BBC story, published on May 23.

  • The BBC is investigating Tala Halawa – an employee who has worked on their coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • An unearthed tweet from 2014 shows that Halawa had tweeted that “Hitler was right.”
  • Another social media post shows that Halawa called for Israel to be relocated to the US.
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The BBC is investigating a Palestinian employee who tweeted “#HitlerWasRight” during the 2014 Israel-Gaza war.

Tala Halawa, who began her work as a digital journalist at BBC Monitoring in 2017, wrote a string of anti-Israel and antisemitic posts before her employment at the world’s largest broadcast news organization.

In one tweet from July 2014, Halawa wrote: “#Israel is more #Nazi than #Hitler! Oh, #HitlerWasRight #IDF go to hell. #PrayForGaza.”

In another tweet, shared by pro-Israel media watchdog HonestReporting, Halawa wrote: “#Zionists can’t get enough of our blood.”

The Ramallah-based journalist, whose most recent report for the BBC on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was published last Sunday, deleted her social media accounts in the aftermath of her tweets being unearthed.

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A tweet from July 2014 by Tala Halawa that said “Zionists can’t get enough of our blood.”

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Halawa also posted controversial content on Facebook, according to HonestReporting, including an August 2014 graphic that called for the relocation of Israel to the United States.

Tala Halawa's post calls for Israel to be relocated to the US
Tala Halawa shared a graphic on Facebook in 2014 that called for Israel to be relocated to the US.

The BBC, Halawa’s employer, has strict guidelines on impartiality and social media conduct for its reporters.

“Nothing should appear on their social media accounts which undermines the integrity or impartiality of the BBC,” the organization’s editorial guidelines on social media say.

A BBC spokesperson, who confirmed that Halawa is being investigated, clarified that the offending content was from before she was employed by them.

“Whilst these tweets predate the individual’s employment the BBC is taking this extremely seriously and is investigating the matter with urgency,” a BBC spokesperson told Insider. “We are clear there is no place for views like this to exist within the BBC and we deplore racism and antisemitism of any kind.”

The hashtag #HitlerWasRight has been used increasingly in recent weeks, Insider’s Sarah Al-Arshani wrote. The Anti-Defamation League said that between May 7 and May 14, more than 17,000 tweets could be found that used variations of the phrase.

This coincides with a sharp rise in the number of antisemitic incidents since the start of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Insider reported.

Halawa’s investigation also follows the dismissal of Emily Wilder– a journalist who was fired from the Associated Press following tweets which the news agency said violated their social media policy.

Wilder, who is Jewish, said that she was not told which social media posts led to her termination. She has indicated that she believes she was fired because a group of college Republicans identified an old social media post in which she criticized the Israeli government in 2020, Insider’s Yelena Dzhanova reported.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene doubles down on vaccine-Holocaust comparison, claims grocery store’s ‘vaccination logos’ are ‘just like’ how ‘Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star’

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.

  • Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Tuesday made another vaccine-Holocaust comparison.
  • She made the analogy based on a local news report about a grocery store.
  • Greene attempted to clarify she only meant “discrimination against Jews in early Nazi years.”
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Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia once again compared COVID-19 public health measures to the systematic discrimination and killing of Jews in the Holocaust.

In a tweet early Tuesday morning, Greene linked to a local news report about a grocery store allowing vaccinated customers to shop mask-free if they show proof of vaccination. Part of the report involved employees being able to go mask free if they wore a “vaccination logo displayed on their name badge,” according to WVLT 8, a CBS affiliate in Tennessee.

“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” Greene tweeted. “Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable.”

The “gold star” Greene was referring to, more commonly referred to by historians as a yellow star, were used as identification that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazi regime across occupied territories in Europe during the Holocaust.

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Greene subsequently lashed out at critics, claiming she was referring to “only the discrimination against Jews in early Nazi years.”

Those “early” human rights violations by Nazi forces, such as the compulsory yellow stars and pogroms such as Kristallnacht, directly led to the rounding up of Jews for mass executions and forced labor in concentration camps.

Greene made a similar comparison earlier this month in a tirade against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over mask mandates in the lower chamber.

The freshman congresswoman has a well-documented history of promoting conspiracy theories, several of which involve antisemitic tropes.

In February, Greene was stripped of all her committee assignments by a majority of House members, giving her minimal input on legislation while remaining an elected member of Congress.

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Alan Dershowitz called Bernie Sanders a ‘self-hating Jew’ over his stance on Israel-Palestine violence

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Attorney Alan Dershowitz, a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, speaks to the press in the Senate Reception Room during the Senate impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on January 29, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • High-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz called Sen. Bernie Sanders a “self-hating Jew.”
  • He was responding to the senator’s stance on Israel-Palestine violence, which escalated this week.
  • Sanders called for a ceasefire and said both Israel and Palestinians have a “right to live in peace and security.”
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Lawyer Alan Dershowitz called Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, a “self-hating jew” over his stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Dershowitz, a former Harvard law professor and high-profile defense attorney who has represented Jeffrey Epstein, OJ Simpson, and Donald Trump, was speaking on the right-wing outlet Newsmax.

“Inadvertently you get the social media supporting Hamas, the New York Times supporting Hamas, and it sends a very powerful message: ‘Do it again,'” he said. “You’ll prevail on this because of the antisemitism that stimulates so much of this. And you can be a Jew and an antisemite.”

He then commended President Joe Biden for his statements on the violence. The president said earlier this week that “Israel has a right to defend itself” in response to the escalating violence.

Dershowitz compared Biden’s response to the Vermont senator’s.

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“But Bernie Sanders, who’s Jewish, is a self-hating Jew,” he said. “A self-hating Jew who is willing to see Israel be defeated militarily by a terrorist group because he’s on the hard left.”

In a New York Times essay published Friday, Sanders called for an immediate ceasefire and an “evenhanded approach” to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“Israel has the absolute right to live in peace and security, but so do the Palestinians,” Sanders wrote.

He called the firing of missiles into Israel by Hamas, a Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza, “unacceptable,” and said there was no argument against Israel’s “right to defend itself.” But he also wrote that the US has neglected the rights of the Palestinian people.

He said the US must stop being “apologists” for the way Israel’s government has treated Palestinians.

Violence has escalated recently after an Israeli court ruled Palestinians could be evicted from their homes in East Jerusalem and replaced by Jewish settlers, Insider’s Azmi Haroun reported. The conflict has led to hundreds of attacks by Hamas and Israel since Monday.

The Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have left at least 126 Palestinians dead, including 31 children, The Associated Press reported. In Israeli, Hamas attacks have killed seven people, including one child.

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Chinese embassy deletes tweet of an antisemitic meme popular with Holocaust deniers and white supremacists

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The Chinese Embassy in Japan tweeted and deleted a meme popular with Holocaust deniers.

  • The Chinese Embassy in Japan tweeted an image of the grim reaper wielding a scythe with an Israeli flag on it.
  • The meme is popular with prominent Holocaust deniers.
  • The embassy deleted the tweet after requests from two Israeli politicians, The Jerusalem Post said.
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The Chinese Embassy in Japan tweeted and then deleted an antisemitic and anti-US meme after Israeli officials reached out, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The tweet, posted on Thursday night, featured a cartoon image of a grim reaper wearing an American flag. The reaper appeared to be knocking on a door labeled ‘Egypt’ and to have left a trail of blood behind. The other doors in the image are labeled Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Libya, and Syria.

On the reaper’s scythe was an Israeli flag with a Jewish Star of David centered. “If the United States brought ‘democracy,’ it would be like this,” the caption read in Japanese.

The cartoon has been featured on several extremist websites and is popular with white supremacists and Holocaust deniers, the Jewish journal Algemeiner reported.

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On social media, people criticized the “antisemitic” post.

But it was only deleted after interventions from high-profile Israeli politicians.

Israel’s ambassador to Japan, Yaffa Ben-Ari, contacted his Chinese counterpart to point out that the image is offensive, The Jerusalem Post reported. The Chinese ambassador replied that he was unaware that Israel was featured in the image, the paper said.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General for Asia and the Pacific, Gilad Cohen, also contacted the embassy to complain.

The tweet was deleted within the hour, The Jerusalem Post said.

The same image was posted by the Chinese Embassy in Paris last year, the Algemeiner reported.

It has also been featured on the websites of high-profile Holocaust deniers, according to French monitoring organization Conspiracy Watch.

The Chinese Embassy in Japan has not publicly addressed the tweet. It did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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