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Google executive leaves company after posting essay admitting to past antisemitism: Report

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 7/16/2021 Jeremy Beaman
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An executive at Google is no longer with the company after he published an extended confession and rebuke of his own history of antisemitism, according to a new report.

Google announced the departure of Amr Awadallah, vice president of developer relations for Google Cloud, in an email to employees on Thursday following internal fallout from what Awadallah called his "story of redemption," CNBC reported. The email came after a staff meeting on Wednesday, which employees reportedly described as contentious, during which the situation was discussed.

“I wanted to share that today is Amr Awadallah’s last day at Google,” Eyal Manor, Google Cloud vice president of engineering and product, wrote in the email. “Effective immediately, the Cloud DevRel organization will report into Ben Jackson, who will report into Pali Bhat.”

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Awadallah, who is Egyptian American, posted a lengthy manifesto to his LinkedIn profile on June 13 admitting to previously hating the Jewish people. The essay, "We Are One," details his journey from prejudice against Jews to his emergence from the "matrix of hate," which he said occurred between 1995 and 2001, and wades into the politics surrounding Palestinians and the state of Israel.

Awadallah also said a test he took that was analyzed by ancestry company 23andMe revealed that he is 0.01% Ashkenazi Jewish.

“'I hated the Jewish people, all the Jewish people!' and emphasis here is on the past tense,” his manifesto began. “Yes, I was anti-Semitic, even though I am a Semite, as this term broadly refers to the peoples who speak Semitic languages, such as Arabic and Hebrew, among others.”

"Until recently, while I no longer held any resentment towards the Jewish people (in fact, it got replaced by admiration), I was still an anti-Zionist," Awadallah wrote later. "I believed Zionism was super evil. I redirected my resentment against the Jewish people towards Zionism and Zionists."

Employees reportedly complained about the difficulties arising from Awadallah's admission, with one commenting directly in the essay's comment section that it made his being at Google "almost untenable."

"On one hand, I'm grateful that you no longer hate my children," wrote Daniel Golding, who is a director of network infrastructure and a tech site lead at Google, according to his LinkedIn profile. "On the other, this has made my job as one of your colleagues much harder. The previous situation has made being a Jewish leader at Google tough."

"I'm unsure why you would write this under your title and company affiliation and it frustrates me. You could simply have done this as a private person," Golding added.

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Manor thanked employees who reached out to leadership about the situation, telling them in the email announcing Awadallah's departure that it "shows how much you care about this organization and building a maintaining a supportive culture.”

Awadallah began working at Google in October 2019. The company declined the Washington Examiner's request for comment.

Tags: News, Israel, anti-Semitism, Zionism, Palestine, Google

Original Author: Jeremy Beaman

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