Google diversity chief under fire for anti-Semitic blog post

Google’s head of diversity technique is under fire over a 2007 blog post through which he wrote that Jews have “an insatiable appetite for war and killing” — and an “insensitivity” to folks’s struggling.

Kamau Bobb made the feedback in a Nov. 30, 2007, post titled “If I Were a Jew” when he was a analysis affiliate in expertise at Georgia Tech, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

In it, he described how he believed Jews ought to view the Middle East battle as he assailed Israel’s actions in Gaza and Lebanon on the time.

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

“Self defense is undoubtedly an instinct, but I would be afraid of my increasing insensitivity to the suffering (of) others. My greatest torment would be that I’ve misinterpreted the identity offered by my history and transposed spiritual and human compassion with self righteous impunity.”

Bobb — a graduate of Midwood High School in Brooklyn — slammed the Israeli authorities, argued that Jews must be “tormented” by the nation’s actions and mentioned the Jewish struggling — notably the Holocaust — ought to theoretically give them extra “human compassion.”

“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,” he wrote.

“This reconciliation would be particularly difficult now, in November, 79 years after Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass,” Bobb continued.

“The anniversary of this dreadfully monumental day in my history would bring me pause. It would force me to reflect on the legacy of extraordinary human suffering. I might wonder how the vicious eruption of cruelty in the mid-twentieth century has influenced the shape of my identity as a Jewish person and our collective identity as Jewish people,” he added.

In different feedback about battle within the area, he wrote: “I don’t understand how I’d reconcile that identification with the conduct of fundamentalist Jewish extremists or of Israel as a nation. The particulars 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 continued.

“I wouldn’t understand the notion of collective punishment, cutting off gas, electricity and water from residents in Gaza because they are attacking Israel who is fighting against them. It would be unconscionable to me to watch Israeli tanks donning the Star of David rumbling through Ramallah destroying buildings and breaking the glass,” he added.

Bobb confronted criticism Wednesday for his 2007 remarks.

Michael Dickson, the chief director of Stand With Us, which fights anti-Semitism, responded in a sequence of tweets.

“I searched for ‘antisemitism’ and ‘hypocrisy.’ Here’s what I found. Google Diversity Head @kamaubobb Said Jews Have ‘Insatiable Appetite for War,’” he wrote, linking to the Free Beacon piece.

“Did @Google Google him? He’s not fit for this post,” he added.

In another tweet, Dickson wrote that Bobb maked “revolting, and antisemitic, comparisons between Nazi actions and that of the world’s only Jewish country. He portrays Jews as bloodthirsty.”

He also wrote: “All of this begs the question whether (1)  @Google did due diligence when selecting  @kamaubobb for the sensitive position of global Google DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) Director and (2) whether he should remain in these positions.  @Google – what say you?”

Meanwhile, the Jewish human rights group Simon Wiesenthal Center tweeted: “Google must fire this #antisemite #KamauBobb.’”

The Post has reached out to Google for remark.

Bobb’s bio describes him as “the Global Lead for Diversity Strategy and Research at Google and the founding Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech.”

He holds a Ph.D. in science and expertise Policy from Georgia Tech and grasp’s and bachelor’s levels in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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