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Top Associated Press reporter in Gaza suspended for comparing Israel to Nazis, calling for its fall

Posts from the reporter include accusations that Israel poisoned wells and that the country operates a "racist regime that is so similar to the Nazis."

Published: October 15, 2023 9:30am

Updated: October 15, 2023 11:35am

The main Associated Press reporter in Gaza covering the war was suspended from his duties while the wire service looks into his previous social media posts, which include comments calling for the "fall" of Israel and comparing the world's only Jewish state to Nazis.

Issam Adwan has made numerous comments against Israel, which were highlighted last week by Honest Reporting, an Israel media watchdog.

In an October 2022 post on X, formerly Twitter, Adwan said that Israel was a "racist regime that is so similar to the Nazis." The post has since been deleted.

In another post from October 2022, Adwan said: "The Palestinian revolt against the Israeli oppression will be a triumph sooner rather than later. No matter how strong or well-supported by the other tyrants, every colonial system will be overthrown."

He also reposted a statement from the BDS movement, a group that calls for the end of economic relations with Israel, accusing Israel of poisoning the wells of Palestinians. The trope of poisoning the wells goes back to when Jews were blamed for purposely spreading the Bubonic Plague in the 14th century, according to the American Jewish Committee.

During a 2019 Facebook Live, Adwan said: "I'm telling you that to reach a solution, at some point, that this apartheid regime of Israel should fall, and the land should return to its owners."

Adwan has not posted on X since Oct. 10, one day before the Honest Reporting story was published. 

Fox News Digital reported Friday that the wire service said Adwan was removed from his role as a reporter while the agency further investigates his past.

Since Hamas launched its terror attack on Israel last Saturday, more than 1,300 citizens have been killed in Israel, including women, children and the elderly and at least 29 U.S. citizens. 

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