Kuwaiti intern at French consulate fired over anti-Semitic posts


(JTA) — An intern at the French Consulate in New York was fired for publishing anti-Semitic comments on Facebook.

The intern, who is of Kuwaiti nationality, was also suspended from the Sciences Po University in Paris, where she was a student, the French news agency AFP reported. She faces a disciplinary hearing at the university, which arranged the internship.

The Facebook posts were exposed by a website called the The Inglourious Basterds, whose stated goal is to expose anti-Semitism in social media. The website identified the intern as Amira Jumaa, who worked in the consulate’s cultural division.

“Friends, there is a big catch. She’s young, she’s rich, she’s jet set, she enjoys horseback riding, and she hates the Jews,” the site said in introducing Jumaa.

According to the site, Jumaa liked a Facebook page called “I hate Israel.”

The site, which takes its name from a Quentin Tarantino movie about American Jewish soldiers who hunted Nazis during World War II, published screenshots of some of Jumaa’s posts.

“Yes you Jews deserve to learn these lessons. What did you expect, taking over people’s l ands and killing them? Hugs?” she wrote in a post.

“You don’t belong anywhere in this world — that’s why you guys are scums and rats and discriminated against wherever you are. Do not blame it on the poor Palestinians,” she also wrote.

In response to being accused of racism she wrote: “First of all you dispersed rat, i am not an immigrant from France. I am from Kuwait so my country can buy you and your parents and put you in ovens.”

Jumaa said she did not write the ovens comment, and had apologized to the person with whom she had the exchange before the website publicized it, AFP reported.


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