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Bank suspends worker who allegedly tweeted hate against ‘leftists,’ praised Hitler

Netanyahu fan called left-wingers ‘traitors,’ ‘spawn of the devil,’ lauded Nazi leader for ‘preventing 6 million more,’ branded Bennett a ‘terrorist’ and wished death to his family

View of the Bank Hapoalim offices in the center of Tel Aviv, August 04, 2015 (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
View of the Bank Hapoalim offices in the center of Tel Aviv, August 04, 2015 (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

One of Israel’s top banks has suspended an employee after a TV report said she used various Twitter handles to post thousands of incendiary and hateful tweets against left-wing Israelis and the previous government.

Among the comments Channel 12 said the worker tweeted were repeated accusations that leftists were “traitors,” “Nazis,” “enemies” and “spawn of the devil.”

Numerous statements praised Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler who “was right,” “was the first to identify these scum” and was “a king” for preventing “six million more” of her perceived adversaries — as she seemingly tied left-leaning positions to Jews of Ashkenazi origin.

The woman also attacked former prime minister Naftali Bennett, who she called “a terrorist,” “a murderer” and “a Reform, catholic crook.” In one tweet she expressed a wish he’d be hit by a missile. In others she said she hoped his son would be “murdered in the street” or that “God will burn [his] children.”

According to Channel 12, the woman used several Twitter accounts and names, had thousands of followers and sometimes tweeted dozens of times a day.

Her Twitter handles often expressed adulation for Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu, popularly known as Bibi, who returned to the prime ministership last week. One was “Greatest of the nation BB we love you.” Another was “BB everything is possible.” She also used images of Netanyahu in her profile photos and banners.

The network sent a hidden camera crew to a Bank Hapoalim branch where the woman works and confronted her about her posts. Though she initially denied writing them and even claimed she may have been hacked, the employee eventually confessed to being behind them while doubling down on their messaging.

Bank Hapoalim said Sunday the worker had been suspended as her case was being looked into.

“The bank takes a severe view of the facts presented in the report,” a statement said.

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