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Google reassigns diversity head who said Jews have ‘insatiable appetite for war’

Kamau Bobb remains at tech giant despite revelation of 2007 blog post, but will now focus on research; Google says he has apologized for ‘unquestionably hurtful’ comments

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

JTA — Google has reassigned its head of diversity strategy and research after the exposure of a 2007 blog post in which he wrote that Jews have an “insatiable appetite for war.”

Kamau Bobb, who has a doctorate in science and technology policy, has since deleted the post, which was titled “If I were a Jew.” It was first reported on by the Washington Free Beacon.

“If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself,” Bobb wrote, according to Insider. “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.”

Google announced on Thursday that Bobb has been removed from his position and reassigned to STEM research, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

“These writings are unquestionably hurtful,” Google’s statement said, according to Insider. “The author acknowledges this and has apologized. He will no longer be part of our diversity team going forward and will focus on his STEM work.”

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