Rabbi Abraham Cooper and other Jewish groups are calling for Fadah Jassem, the newest curator for Twitter, to resign after it was revealed that the young woman has a history of anti-Israel tweets.
He said that this new hire shows the Jewish community that Twitter does not care about them and the pain that they have gone through from past hate crimes. He said, “Frankly, Twitter is part of the problem today, not part of the solution.”
He then went on and said that “In the case of this woman, it’s like putting the KKK in charge of what your kids are gonna learn about the Civil Rights Movement, from Twitter,” said Cooper.
The Twitter trouble started when Fadah Jassem took to the platform and announced that she would be the new media curator in charge of the Middle East and Africa. Her tweet included 17 flags from the region that she would be working with, including the flag of Palestine. Israel’s flag was not a part of the list.
Jassem tweeted, “Cats out the bag, I’m thrilled to say that I join Twitter as Editorial Curation Lead for MENA today. Very excited to get stuck in and delve deeper into the discussions that matter from this diverse and lively region!”
The position would allow her to pick which content appeared on the Twitter platform from the Middle East and Africa.
The tweet was immediately questioned by pro-Israel groups, many of whom tweeted at Twitter and Jassem for answers. Israel War Room tweeted and said, “Hey, Twitter, why did your new MENA Editorial Curation Lead not list Israel alongside its Middle Eastern neighbors? This is either woeful ignorance of the territory Fadah Jassem is supposed to cover or anti-Semitic erasure of the only Jewish state.”
Other users on Twitter found Jassem’s tweets from 2010 and 2011, which are very anti-Israel. At one point the new Twitter curator said that Israel was “dropped like a bomb in the middle of Palestine.” The Twitter curator also seemed to support and quote Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who is known for his antisemitism.
StopAntisemitism, a watchdog group based in the United States, is calling for her resignation and says that her views will impact her job. They said, “Jassem’s history of public antisemitism disqualifies her from being an unbiased party able to source content relating to the Middle East and Israel in particular.”
Fadah Jassem has apologized for her tweets, fixed her post to include the flag of Israel and made her Twitter account private. She tweeted and said, “I can see that I have been ill-informed with some tweets when younger. I apologize for any offense caused by these particular tweets, and like I said, for forgetting the Israeli flag with reference to MENA as I did others.”
When she changed her account to private, the media curator tweeted that she was doing so because she didn’t want to face any “horrid allegations.” Many are calling her apology weak.
Along with calling out Fadah Jassem, Rabbi Abraham Cooper also mentioned past incidents where Twitter has allegedly failed the Jewish community. He believes that the social media platform has a “huge credibility gap,” and that Twitter’s executives are “living in the last century.”
Cooper mentioned how it took the U.S. Congress intervening to stop Twitter from pushing anti-Semitic tweets from the terrorist group ISIS. The group used to publish over 200,000 hateful tweets a day before they were stopped.
The rabbi also mentioned that while Twitter did suspend the account of former President Donald Trump for his hateful tweets, they have allowed other anti-Semitic users to continue having access to the platform, like Ayatollah Khamenei.
Twitter has yet to comment on the rabbi’s statement or any other tweets from pro-Israel groups. According to her Twitter bio, Fadah Jassem still has her job.