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Google reassigned Kamau Bobb, head of global diversity, after classifying his previous comments as anti-Semitic.
Bobb, a global director of diversity strategy and research at Google, has been with the company for nearly three years, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The Washington Free Beacon recently surfaced a 2007 blog post by Bobb about Israel in which he wrote that the Jewish people are “insensitive” to suffering and stated, “If I were Jewish, I would be mine worried about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself. “He also introduced himself to be Jewish and wrote,” I don’t know how I relate this identity to the behavior of fundamentalist Jewish extremists or Israel as a nation Would harmonize. “The post has since been removed, but is duplicated here.
A Google spokesman told CNBC that Bobb had apologized for what he said and would no longer be part of the diversity team. He will work in the company in the STEM training.
“We clearly condemn the earlier writings of a member of our diversity team that inflict deep insult and pain on members of our Jewish community and our LGBTQ + community,” the company said in a statement. “This came at a time when we were seeing an alarming rise in anti-Semitic attacks,” added the Google spokesman. “Anti-Semitism is a hideous prejudice that has led to unfathomable acts. It has no place in society and we stand with our Jewish community in the judgment.”
Bobb did not immediately return requests for comment.
The move comes as the company has been criticized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion and its leaders. Tech companies also grapple with how to deal with comments from employees in the years before they were hired – especially for companies like Google, which have long touted open dialogue with employees.
However, Google Jewish employees have complained about the company’s handling of internal discussions because it is not enforcing the guidelines evenly.
Google’s Jewish Employee Resource Group recently called on the company to increase its support for Palestinians during Israel’s deadly bombing of Gaza, claiming: “Anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism and this amalgamation harms the pursuit of justice for Palestinians and Jews alike by it restricts freedom of expression “. and divert attention from real anti-Semitism acts. “
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