Google removed its head of diversity over a 2007 blog post in which he said the Jewish people had an “insatiable appetite for war and murder.”
In a post on the recently erupted Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Kamau Pope claimed that the Jewish people have an “insensitivity” to the suffering of others.
The post has now been deleted.
A Google spokesperson told the BBC on Thursday that Bob was “not part of our diversity team anymore”.
“We categorically condemn the previous writings of a member of our diversity team, which caused deep insult and pain to members of the Jewish communities,” he added.
“These writings are undoubtedly harmful,” he said. “The author acknowledges this, and has apologized. He will no longer be part of our diversity team… and will focus on his work in another department.”
“This comes at a time when we have seen an alarming increase in anti-Semitic attacks. Anti-Semitism has no place in society, and we support our Jewish communities in condemning it,” the spokesman added.
Bob apologized to Google employees for the post he made on his blog.
What did the post say?
In the post, “If I Were Jewish,” Pope described how he believes Jews should feel about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, The Times of Israel reports.
“If I were a Jew, I would worry about my insatiable desire to fight and kill in my own defence,” he wrote.
“Self-defense is undoubtedly an instinct, but I will fear my growing insensitivity to the suffering of others,” he added.
When the post appeared, activists were quick to demand Bob’s resignation.
Michael Dixon, head of the pro-Israel organization Stand With Us, wrote on Twitter that the post made “disgusting and anti-Semitic comparisons between the actions of Nazism and the actions of the only Jewish state in the world.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which is based in the United States, has also called for Bob to be removed from his position.
Bob has not publicly responded to the criticism.
But, according to the New York Post, he sent an email to a group of Jewish employees at Google apologizing.
In the letter he reportedly wrote: “What I wrote was a crude description of the entire Jewish community. What was meant to criticize a particular military action turned out to be understood in a way that feeds anti-Semitic prejudices.”
“I think we can all agree that there is no easy solution to this situation,” he added.
“But that’s a side point. The way I expressed my views on this conflict has been painful.”