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Google’s head of diversity strategy is under fire over a 2007 blog post in which he wrote that Jews have “an insatiable appetite for war and killing” — and an “insensitivity” to people’s suffering.

Kamau Bobb made the comments in a Nov. 30, 2007, post titled “If I Were a Jew” when he was a research associate in technology at Georgia Tech, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

In it, he described how he believed Jews should view the Middle East conflict as he assailed Israel’s actions in Gaza and Lebanon at the time.

“If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself,” he wrote.

“Self defense is undoubtedly an instinct, but I would be afraid of my increasing insensitivity to the suffering (of) others. My greatest torment would be that I’ve misinterpreted the identity offered by my history and transposed spiritual and human compassion with self righteous impunity.”

Bobb — a graduate of Midwood High School in Brooklyn — slammed the Israeli government, argued that Jews should be “tormented” by the country’s actions and said the Jewish suffering — particularly the Holocaust — should theoretically give them more “human compassion.”

“If I were a Jew today, my sensibilities would be tormented. I would find it increasingly difficult to reconcile the long cycles of oppression that Jewish people have endured and the insatiable appetite for vengeful violence that Israel, my homeland, has now acquired,” he wrote.

“This reconciliation would be particularly difficult now, in November, 79 years after Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass,” Bobb continued.

“The anniversary of this dreadfully monumental day in my history would bring me pause. It would force me to reflect on the legacy of extraordinary human suffering. I might wonder how the vicious eruption of cruelty in the mid-twentieth century has influenced the shape of my identity as a Jewish person and our collective identity as Jewish people,” he added.

In other comments about conflict in the region, he wrote: “I don’t know how I would reconcile that identity with the behavior of fundamentalist Jewish extremists or of Israel as a nation. The details would confuse me.

“I wouldn’t understand those who suggest that bombing Lebanon, slaughtering Lebanese people and largely destroying Beirut in retaliation for the capture of a few soldiers is justified,” Bobb continued.

“I wouldn’t understand the notion of collective punishment, cutting off gas, electricity and water from residents in Gaza because they are attacking Israel who is fighting against them. It would be unconscionable to me to watch Israeli tanks donning the Star of David rumbling through Ramallah destroying buildings and breaking the glass,” he added.

Bobb faced criticism Wednesday for his 2007 remarks.

Michael Dickson, the executive director of Stand With Us, which fights anti-Semitism, responded in a series of tweets.

“I searched for ‘antisemitism’ and ‘hypocrisy.’ Here’s what I found. Google Diversity Head @kamaubobb Said Jews Have ‘Insatiable Appetite for War,’” he wrote, linking to the Free Beacon piece.

“Did @Google Google him? He’s not fit for this post,” he added.

In another tweet, Dickson wrote that Bobb maked “revolting, and antisemitic, comparisons between Nazi actions and that of the world’s only Jewish country. He portrays Jews as bloodthirsty.”

He also wrote: “All of this begs the question whether (1)  @Google did due diligence when selecting  @kamaubobb for the sensitive position of global Google DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) Director and (2) whether he should remain in these positions.  @Google – what say you?”

Meanwhile, the Jewish human rights organization Simon Wiesenthal Center tweeted: “Google must fire this #antisemite #KamauBobb.’”

The Post has reached out to Google for comment.

Bobb’s bio describes him as “the Global Lead for Diversity Strategy and Research at Google and the founding Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech.”

He holds a Ph.D. in science and technology Policy from Georgia Tech and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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A Los Angeles dentist is accused of sexually abusing nine female patients at his office over the course of several years, officials announced Monday.

Emad Fathy Moawad, 50, was arrested and charged with over a dozen counts of sexual battery by restraint for allegedly molesting the women during procedures from 2013 to 2018, prosecutors said.

The victims ranged in age from 27 to 73.

“This case is especially concerning because its victims are low-income people and immigrants who are less likely to report crimes due to fear,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

Moawad was jailed on nearly $2 million bail.

The charges come after Moawad was sued in 2019 by a patient who alleged he molested her while she was under anesthesia two years earlier, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Moawad’s alleged attacks stopped in December 2018 after a dental assistant recorded one of them, according to the suit.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) apologized Monday for using the word “retarded” to describe disabled children during a podcast appearance over the weekend.

Schumer was a guest Sunday on the “1 NYCHA” podcast, which examines public housing and related issues, when the topic turned to historic opposition to low-income and other forms of public housing.

“When I first was an assemblyman, they wanted to build a congregate living place for retarded children,” recalled Schumer, who represented parts of Brooklyn in Albany between 1975 and 1980. “The whole neighborhood was against it! These are harmless kids. They just needed some help.

“We got it done,” Schumer added. “Took a while.”

Video of the podcast was posted on the “1 NYCHA” Facebook page with the word “retarded” deleted from the closed captioning.

“For decades, Sen. Schumer has been an ardent champion for enlightened policy and full funding of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro told the Post.

“He used an inappropriate and outdated word in his description of an effort he supported that was led by the AHRC to build a group home in his Brooklyn district decades ago to provide housing and services to children with developmental disabilities,” Roefaro added. “He is sincerely sorry for his use of the outdated and hurtful language.”

AHRC refers to the organization formerly known as the Association for the Help of Retarded Children. Since the period referenced by Schumer, the organization has dropped its name and only goes by the acronym.

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A 25-year-old woman vacationing in the Florida keys died while snorkeling on Sunday, authorities said.

Katherine Boukharov was pulled to shore and given CPR after she was spotted face down and motionless in the water at Bahia Honda State Park, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

Autopsy results are pending but foul play isn’t suspected, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Two other people have died while snorkeling elsewhere in the Florida Keys since April, the Miami Herald reported.

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