CNN photo editor resigns after anti-Semitic tweet calling Jews ‘pigs’

Mohammed Elshamy, 25, joined the cable-news network in January.

By JNS and World Israel News Staff 

A CNN photo editor resigned on Thursday evening after anti-Semitic tweets of his resurfaced, including calling Jews “pigs”, in the aftermath of a 2011 Palestinian bombing at a crowded Jerusalem bus station (two, not four, people were killed, along with 39 others injured).

Mohammed Elshamy, 25, joined the cable-news network in January.

“The network has accepted the resignation of a photo editor, who joined CNN earlier this year, after anti-Semitic statements he’d made in 2011 came to light,” said network spokesperson Matt Dornic. “CNN is committed to maintaining a workplace in which every employee feels safe, secure and free from discrimination regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion.”

Republican operative Arthur Schwartz, based in Washington, first exposed the tweets on Thursday.

“How does someone like Elshamy who tweets things like this get through the hiring process at CNN? Asking for some friends,” Schwartz wrote on his own Twitter account as he shared the CNN photo editor’s venom.

In another 2011 tweet, Elshamy posted, “Israel is the main enemy for the people of Egypt and shall always remain rulers who lick Jewish legs.”

Between 2010 and 2012, Elshamy’s posts have included tweets such as “HAMAS HAMAS HAMAS #Anti-Israel #Gaza #Palestine #Hamas”; “So telling us a fake story about nearly being killed should we cry or something? #Israel #Netanyahu #fail”; “The idiot is breaking my heart while talking about Holocaust”; and, “Despite everything happening now in Egypt. I’m proud of the army generation that liberated us from the Zionist pigs @ 6 october 1973 #israel.”

Elshamy’s Twitter account is currently private.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action Agenda at the Los Angeles-headquartered Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Jewish Journal, an LA-based publication, that he did not view CNN’s statement on Elshamy as good enough.

“They owe the Jewish community and the victims of terrorism an apology,” Cooper said.