Google removes diversity head for 2007 blog in which he claimed Jews have '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 apologised 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."
"If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killingâ€œ
â€œI would be afraid of my increasing insensitivity to the suffering [of] others."Â
- Kamau Bobb, head of diversity at @Google Â
Instead of firing him, though, Google is moving Bobb into a STEM-focused role.
In a statement released on 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 apologised. 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.
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