The BBC has launched an investigation into one of its reporters who wrote on Twitter that "Hitler was right."
Tala Halawa, a Ramallah-based BBC digital reporter, appears to have published the tweet in 2014 during a previous war between Israel and terror factions in Gaza, when she was working for 24FM, a Palestinian radio station.
"#Israel is more #Nazi than #Hitler! Oh, #Hitler was right #IDF go to hell. #PrayForGaza," read the tweet.
The screenshot of the disturbing tweet was published on Sunday by Honest Reporting, an Israeli organization that works to promote a fair coverage of Israel in international media.
Halawa has since deleted her Twitter account.
Last week, Halawa was credited on the BBC website for co-writing an article titled "Israel-Gaza Violence: Children Who Died in Conflict," reflecting on the 11-day war in the Hamas-controlled enclave that ended on Friday.
“These tweets predate the individual’s employment with the BBC but we are nevertheless taking this very seriously and are investigating,” a spokesperson for the UK broadcaster said.
Halawa had worked for six months as a researcher for The New Yorker, before being hired at the BBC.