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April 29, 2015 9:58 am

Ex-Al Jazeera Employee Suing Company Over Boss’ Alleged Antisemitism

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A former Al Jazeera America employee filed a lawsuit against the company for wrongful termination, claiming that his boss, among other allegations, made antisemitic and sexist remarks.

In the lawsuit, former broadcast employee Matthew Luke said his boss, Osman Mahmud would go on antisemitic rants in the newsrooms, saying things like “whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell.”

Luke, who was director of media and archive management at the 20 month old New York bureau of the Qatari station, claimed in the Manhattan Supreme Court suit that his boss behaved in antisemitic ways as well. He said Mahmud sought to replace an Israeli cameraman with a Palestinian one, and that a second employee who refused to accede his request was transferred to another position.

Luke also claims Mahmud was sexist on the job, requesting from Luke to remove two female employees from an email list and even asking him to replace the two in a project with a male employee.

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The suit claims Mahmud was promoted “because of his religion, nationality” and close ties with senior executives at AJA’s parent company in Doha, Qatar.

Mahmud’s Linkedin resume indeed shows the media man worked for the Qatari network between 1996 and 2013 as a freelance cameraman and editor.

Al Jazeera declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying the company “does not comment on pending litigation,” in a statement sent to the Algemeiner.

“Al Jazeera America’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is fundamental to its mission, and is boldly reflected throughout the company: in its staff, its leadership and its programming,” said the statement.

The Al Jazeera America channel was launched in Manhattan in August 2013 and is owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, which is partially owned by Qatar’s ruling Al-Thani family.

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    “All anyone needs to know about the Middle East conflict is that: the Jews want peace and the Arabs don’t, because the Arabs hate Jews for religious reasons and they want them dead. Politics and territory are just excuses.”


    “The relentless focus solely on Israel that ignores the world’s real human rights violators tells us that this [BDS] is an anti-Semitic movement, and if you’re are part of it, then you’re are part of that too. If Israel was a Christian or a Buddhist country, there would not be any BDS campaign, and everyone knows it, just as there isn’t any BDS for Tibet, a country invaded and culturally-raped by the Chinese, but then, the Chinese aren’t Jews. No BDS for the Saudi Arabia for treating women like livestock, because the Saudis aren’t Jews, which is lucky for them, because if they were, they would have to ban themselves from entering their own country. How inconvenient!

    Crude Islamic Jew-hatred has permeated the Middle East conflict from day one, yet its influence is always carefully omitted from all political analysis. Any doctor who diagnosed an illness as ineptly and dishonestly would deserve to be struck-off and prosecuted.

    Palestinian leaders have had several chances for a two-state solution and they always rejected it because they don’t want a two-state solution, and they don’t care about the suffering of their people; they want all Jews out there or dead. The leader of Hezbollah is on record as saying that he won’t be happy until every Jew on earth is dead. Once you realize that this is the position, then whatever you think of Israeli security measures, your moral standpoint has to change. We know that if the Arabs would lay down their weapons, they could have peace and prosperity for all their people, and the Israelis would not need to build barriers or do anything else the world disapproves of; they could simply get on with what they do best; technological innovation, making life better for all of us, including Arabs.

    One the other hand, we know that if the Israelis were to lay down their weapons, they would be massacred, men women and children alike. The Arabs are even happy to put their own children in the firing line to attack Jews, they hate them so much, and this hatred comes directly from their religion.”

    SOURCE: Why I support Israel by Pat Condell

    Pat Condell is an atheist who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE and raised in England as a Roman Catholic and educated in Church of England schools.

  • Sue them blind thanks al gore

    Sue them blind thanks al gore

  • Eric R.

    The guy may have a case, but come on, this is Al-f***ing-Jazeera, for God’s sake.

    What did you expect for a boss, a Likudnik?

    Even the lefty journalist Richard Quest (of CNN fame) turned down a job with them, thinking that as someone who was both Jewish and gay, he might — just might — not feel particularly comfortable there.

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