CNN photo editor resigns over anti-Semitic tweets

CNN photo editor resigns over anti-Semitic tweets

CNN photo editor Mohammed Elshamy has resigned from the news organization after a series of anti-Semitic tweets from 2011 were recently unearthed, according to a network spokesperson.

Elshamy's tweets include one calling Jewish people "pigs" after two were killed and 39 were injured in a March 2011 bombing in Jerusalem.

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“More than 4 jewish pigs killed in #Jerusalem today by the Palestinian bomb explode,” he tweeted on March 23, 2011. That tweet began to circulate on social media sites on Thursday.

“Israel is the main enemy for the people of Egypt and shall always remain despite rulers who lick Jewish legs,” he wrote in another tweet.

The tweets were unearthed by GOP operative Arthur Schwartz.

 

CNN said Thursday night it had accepted the resignation of Elshamy, whom the network hired in January.

"The 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," reads a statement from CNN spokesman Matt Dornic. "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.”

The Hill has reached out to Elshamy for comment.