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The BBC has confirmed it is investigating one of its journalists who wrote: “Hitler was right.”

Palestinian affairs specialist Tala Halawa has covered the recent conflict in Gaza.

But in 2014 she tweeted that “Israel is more Nazi than Hitler” and wrote that the Israeli Defence Force should “go to hell”.

Her post, written prior to Halawa joining the BBC in 2017, was uploaded online by the “Honest Reporting” Twitter monitoring group.

The group posted: “Halawa directly influences and creates content watched by many millions around the world. In what world can someone like this work for a professional news outlet?”

Halawa works as a digital journalist for BBC Monitoring, who produce material for BBC World Service amongst others.

In a statement the BBC said: “These tweets predate the individual’s employment with the BBC but we are nevertheless taking this very seriously and are investigating.”