Times Of Israel Gives Writer The Boot After ‘Unacceptable’ Genocide Post

The Times of Israel said Friday that the blogger who penned a post advocating genocide is no longer with the site.

In a statement attributed to the Times of Israel staff, the publication elaborated on its decision to remove Yochanan Gordon’s widely derided blog post, “When Genocide is Permissible.”

“This blog post, which was described by our Ops & Blogs editor as both damnable and ignorant, blatantly breached The Times of Israel’s editorial guidelines,” the statement said.

Without referring to Gordon by name, the staff said that his blog has been “discontinued.”

The Times of Israel has what it describes as an “open blog platform,” a system under which bloggers are permitted to “post their own items” after they have been approved.

“This trust has rarely been abused,” the staff explained in the statement. “We are angry and appalled that it was in this case, and will take steps to prevent a recurrence. We will not countenance blog posts that incite to violence or criminal acts.”

Links that previously led to Gordon’s inflammatory post and his archives on the site now direct readers to the staff’s statement.

Gordon’s original post can be read here.

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