A veteran American journalist has been fired after referring to Israel's occupation of Palestinian and Syrian land as "brutal." Sunni Khalid, managing news editor at WYPR-FM in Baltimore, was dropped by the public radio station on Thursday after more than nine years on the job. He had been on probation following criticism of comments he made on Facebook about Israel's continued illegal occupation of Palestine.
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"I, for one, have had enough of this pandering before the Israeli regime," he wrote. "The war-mongering toward Iran has, once again, distracted the world from Israel's brutal military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights." Khalid, who previously worked for National Public Radio, has also written for Time Magazine, The Washington Times, and USA Today.
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Israel maintains economic control over Gaza and the West Bank, with devastating consequences for the Palestinian civilian population. Rights groups including Amnesty International have repeatedly condemned rights abuses against Palestinians.