Google’s ‘head of diversity’ removed following shocking anti-Semitic comments
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A high-level Google official in charge of diversity has been removed from his position after it emerged he wrote an anti-Semitic blog post in 2007.
The tech giant has apologised and confirmed that Kamau Bobb will be reassigned to a STEM research role aft er the blog post – now deleted – was discovered.
Bobb, formerly the head of Google’s diversity strategy and research team, wrote the post following an outbreak of violence between Lebanon and Israel in late 2007.
‘If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself,’ he wrote.
‘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 existence of the blog post was uncovered by the Washington Free Beacon and several leading Jewish groups have since called on Google to fire Bobb.
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.’
But rather than fire Bobb, Google confirmed it will instead be moving him to a different role.
‘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,’ the statement read.