CNN reporter called Israelis ‘scum’ in deleted tweet; was removed from Gaza after outrage

An international reporter for CNN stationed on the Israeli-Gaza Strip border sent out a horrifying tweet after her initial report of the Israeli ground incursion into Gaza Thursday night.

“Israelis on the hill above Sderot as bombs land on Gaza; threatened to ‘destroy our car if I said wrong word.’ Scum.”

Diana Magnay deleted the tweet a short time later, but the damage had already been done.

She had been standing on a hilltop overlooking Gaza to the west and the town of Sderot to the east, which had suffered continuous rocket fire from the terrorist group Hamas, not only for the past ten days, but intermittently for the past two years, and intensively in 2012 during Operation Pillar of Defense.

When residents joined her on the overlook and cheered the Israeli counter-offensive, she took umbrage, reporting to Wolf Blitzer that “it is an astonishing, macabre and awful thing to watch this display of fire in the air.”

She then sent out her tweet, and angry responses ensued not long after. As a result, on Friday morning CNN announced it had reassigned her to Moscow.

Watch the video here via CNN.

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Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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