Google diversity chief wrote 'Jews have insatiable appetite for war'

Google’s head of diversity slammed for saying ‘Jews have insatiable appetite for war and killing’ in 2007 blog post which argues they should have more ‘compassion’ because of the Holocaust

  • Kamau Bobb, who is also an ‘Equity in Computing’ don at Georgia Tech, wrote a 2007 blog post, which remains on his website, titled: ‘If I Were A Jew’ 
  • Bobb writes: ‘If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself’
  • He evokes the memory of Kristallnacht, a Nazi pogrom against Jews in 1938, and Holocaust victim Anne Frank to question why Jewish people lack ‘compassion’

Google’s head of diversity has been slammed for writing that Jews have an ‘insatiable appetite for war and killing’ and arguing they should have more ‘compassion’ because of the Holocaust.

Kamau Bobb, who is also an ‘Equity in Computing’ don at Georgia Tech, wrote a 2007 blog post, which remains on his website, titled: ‘If I Were A Jew.’

Bobb writes: ‘If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself. Self defense is undoubtedly an instinct, but I would be afraid of my increasing insensitivity to the suffering of others.’

He evokes the memory of Kristallnacht, a Nazi pogrom against Jews in 1938, and Holocaust victim Anne Frank to question why Israel lacks ‘compassion’ towards Muslims in Gaza, Lebanon and the West Bank.

‘My greatest torment would be that I’ve misinterpreted the identity offered by my history and transposed spiritual and human compassion with self righteous impunity,’ the academic wrote. 

Kamau Bobb is Global Lead for Diversity Strategy and Research at Google and the founding Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech

According to his website, Bobb is the ‘Global Lead for Diversity Strategy and Research at Google and the founding Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech.’

Prior to this he worked for the US government at the National Science Foundation where he was ‘responsible for $30 million annually of investments targeted on improving computing and STEM [Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] education.’  

Critics today rounded on Bobb after the blog post was highlighted in an article by the Washington Free Beacon.

Michael Dickson, director of Stand With Us, which educates people to fight anti-Semitism, tweeted: ‘All of this begs the question whether (1) Google did due diligence when selecting Kamau Bobb for the sensitive position of global Google DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) Director and (2) whether he should remain in these positions.’

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, an educational establishment which takes its name from the Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter, and writer, tweeted: ‘Google must fire this #antisemite #KamauBobb.’

MailOnline has contacted Bobb and Google for comment.

The 14-year-old blog post remains relevant today as Google employees recently demanded executives cut ties with Israeli businesses following last month’s bombing campaign against Islamist terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

An internal letter to CEO Sundar Pichai urged a company-wide statement ‘recognizing the violence in Palestine and Israel, which must include direct recognition of the harm done to Palestinians by Israeli military and gang violence.’

It also argued that Google should ‘reject any definition of antisemitism that holds that criticism of Israel or Zionism is antisemitic,’ which is ‘limiting freedom of expression and distracting from real acts of antisemitism.’

Kamau Bobb previously worked for the US government at the National Science Foundation

In his post, Bobb wrote: ‘Suffering and oppression typically give rise to sympathy and compassion among the oppressed … I would conclude that my Jewish faith and the history of my people render me closer to human compassion; closer to the instinct to offer healing to hurt, patience to anxiety and understanding to confusion.

‘I don’t know how I would reconcile that identity with the behavior of fundamentalist Jewish extremists or of Israel as a nation …

‘I wouldn’t understand those who suggest that bombing Lebanon, slaughtering Lebanese people and largely destroying Beirut in retaliation for the capture of a few soldiers is justified.

‘I wouldn’t understand the notion of collective punishment, cutting off gas, electricity and water from residents in Gaza because they are attacking Israel who is fighting against them.

‘It would be unconscionable to me to watch Israeli tanks donning the Star of David rumbling through Ramallah destroying buildings and breaking the glass.’ 

The essay concludes with the paragraph: ‘If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself. Self defense is undoubtedly an instinct, but I would be afraid of my increasing insensitivity to the suffering others. My greatest torment would be that I’ve misinterpreted the identity offered by my history and transposed spiritual and human compassion with self righteous impunity.’

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