CNN contributor found making antisemitic tweets

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A CNN contributor has apologised for tweets offensive to the Jewish community.

Kareem Farid, who comments on technology videos that appeared on the CNN Arabic website, came under fire Friday for Arabic tweets from 2011 where he tweeted “I love you Hitler,” and praised the Nazi leader for “his determination to reach his goal.” Farid, whom CNN said was an unpaid commentator, has said his tweets were taken out of context.

“I was horrified to re-read some of my old tweets from 2011 during the emotional Arab spring events in Cairo. I have never been a supporter of Hitler or any of his believes and actions and these translated tweets are not a reflection of who I am and what I believe in,” he said in a statement on Saturday in which he “deeply” apologised and that he had learned from his mistake.

The tweets were uncovered a day after the resignation of Mohammed Elshamy, a 25-year-old former photojournalist with the Anadolu news agency, who began working at CNN headquarters in Atlanta in January. His tweets also from 2011 referred to “Zionist pigs” and praised a Palestinian terror attack.

JTA