A CNN producer responsible for covering the Arab-Israeli conflict has “agreed to delete” a series of social media posts condemned for anti-Israel bias.
The network published a “slanted” news story on April 8 on a spate of rocket attacks in Israel that “initially failed to note that the airstrikes were in response to acts of aggression from terrorist groups in Gaza and Lebanon,” according to Honest Reporting, an Israel-based media watchdog.
Five reporters shared a byline on the CNN article. Honest Reporting dug into the social media history of at least one of those reporters and found that Tamara Qiblawi had a history of making anti-Israel comments.
“Tamara Qiblawi has a track record of delivering excellent, balanced journalism for CNN on the Middle East and other topics. She has agreed to delete these posts,” a CNN spokesperson told The Daily Wire.
Qiblawi is a senior digital Middle East producer based out of CNN’s London Bureau, joining the network in 2015. It’s unclear when in 2015 she joined.
One Facebook post Qiblawi made on May 15 referenced the founding of Israel as the “Nakba,” an Arabic word meaning “catastrophe.” She went on to call Israel an “ethno-religious exclusive state.”
The Joint List, a coalition of majority Arab parties in Israel with representation in the Knesset, was founded in January 2015.
A couple of days after the terror attack against the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, Qiblawi published a post saying she was “not convinced” that Islamic terrorists were behind the attack because of “the absence of any critical consideration of the parties with a vested interest in framing Muslims.”
“[O]ur tendency towards conspiracies is not based on some kind of mass paranoid schizophrenia but knowledge of our history with the west,” she said in a follow-up post. Qiblawi said that the “campaign to dispossess Palestinians in ’48,” referring to the year that Israel was founded, was one example of a conspiracy that was later revealed to be true.
In other past posts, Qiblawi has suggested that the Israel Defense Forces committed genocide and called Starbucks an “openly zionist corporation.” She also “liked” a post that referred to Israelis as “racist criminals and liars,” according to Honest Reporting.