Jim Clancy Goes Offline after Anti-Israel Rant

Senior CNN correspondent drew criticism from Jewish and disabled rights activists after a bizarre outburst.

Ari Soffer,

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Senior CNN international correspondent Jim Clancy appears to have deleted his Twitter account following a firestorm over a bizarre anti-Israel tirade last week.

Following the murder of 12 people at the Paris headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, Clancy got into an argument over whether the magazine has actually insulted the founder of Islam Mohammed in its famously provocative cartoons.

But the discussion rapidly deteriorated when Clancy launched a barrage of verbal abuse at several Jewish respondents, attacking them as "pro-Israeli" and accusing some of attempting to promulgate "an anti-Muslim and pro-Israel agenda."

Several of his followers reacted with shock at his response, with some calling into question his objectivity as a journalist who frequently reports from the Middle East.

Clancy remained unrepentant, however, with a slew of tweets attacking "hasbara" (pro-Israel) activists.

He was also criticized by the head of a disability charity, after he tweeted to one of his critics: "@HumanRights2K Get a grip, junior. It’s my Friday night. You and the Hasbara team need to pick on some cripple on the edge of the herd."

Jay Ruderman, who heads the Ruderman Family Foundation which advocates for greater integration of people suffering with disabilities, demanded an apology from Clancy, but was promptly blocked.

Undeterred, Ruderman contacted CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker through email and fax, according to the JNS news agency.

Branding the "cripple" comment "appalling," Ruderman asked how "in this day and age a senior anchor at CNN, a world leader in the media, would use a word such as 'cripple', which is a derogatory term for people with disabilities."

"If a news anchor had hurled a racial epithet, CNN’s response undoubtedly would have been swift," Ruderman said in a statement. "The disability community expects CNN to extend the same sensitivity to people with disabilities as it does to other minority communities."

Last year, during the infamous "chickens**t" scandal, Ruderman complained to the White House over alleged comments by an unnamed senior official who referred to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as "Aspergery."

Now, after furiously blocking a whole host of pro-Israel accounts, Clancy appears to have taken his account - which had some 57,000 followers - offline entirely.




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