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Google has removed a diversity leader over his past anti-Semitic comments

Kamau Bobb will remain at the company doing scientific and mathematical work.

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Google removed Kamau Bobb from his post as diversity strategy leader.

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Google has removed Kamau Bobb, the former head of global diversity strategy, from his post on the diversity team after anti-Semitic comments he made in a 2007 blog post resurfaced. Bobb will remain at the company doing scientific and mathematical work.


"What I wrote crudely characterised the entire Jewish community. What was intended as a critique of particular military action fed into anti-Semitic tropes and prejudice," he wrote in an internal email, according to the BBC. In his (now-deleted) 2007 post reflecting on the Israel-Palestine conflict, he wrote: "If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself."

"We unequivocally condemn the past writings by a member of our diversity team that are causing deep offense and pain to members of our Jewish community," a Google spokesperson told the BBC about Bobb's removal.

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