A BBC employee at the centre of widespread outrage for her unhinged antisemitic posts has been fired, Jewish News understands.
Dawn Queva, who has worked in children’s programming, promoted a number of wild antisemitic and anti-Israel tropes. She called Jews “genocidal parasites” and “thieves” on her publicly available Facebook page until last week when the account was made private. It now appears to have been deleted.
The move by the UK’s national broadcaster comes after days of inaction amidst disgust and outrage at her posts, which made references to the “subcontinental melanin recessive European CaucAsian invader so called “Jew”. Queva also proudly displayed a “Facebook Jail Veteran” badge in reference to the number of times she had been restricted by the platform for hate speech, bullying and harassment.
Jewish News emails to Queva’s BBC work account were bouncing back by Friday afternoon and the broadcaster’s switchboard advised that no one by the name of Dawn Queva was working at the organisation. Her LinkedIn profile featuring her employment at the BBC is no longer available.
In a previous statement, the BBC refused to directly address Queva’s postings, saying: “We don’t comment on individual members of staff and we have well-established and robust processes in place to handle such issues, we do not tolerate antisemitism, Islamophobia, or any form of abuse and we take any such allegations seriously and take appropriate disciplinary action wherever necessary.”
Jewish News has approached Dawn Queva for comment.
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