Briahna Joy Gray Fired From The Hill After Controversial Israel Comments

Former Bernie Sanders staffer Briahna Joy Gray claimed she was fired from The Hill on Thursday in an effort to suppress her anti-Israel speech. Gray, a controversial commentator, made the announcement on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

“It finally happened. The Hill has fired me. There should be no doubt that @RisingTheHill has a clear pattern of suppressing speech — particularly when it’s critical of the state of Israel,” Gray wrote, adding that “it was only a matter of time before they fired me.”

Gray faced criticism on Wednesday for her behavior during an interview with Yarden Gonen, a family member of a victim of the Oct. 7 terror attack on Israel by Hamas militants. Viewers accused Gray of appearing dismissive of the horror being described, even rolling her eyes at one point when Gonen said, “I really hope that you specifically will believe woman when they say they got hurt.”

Following her termination, Gray retweeted a post referring to Gonen as a “genocidal Zionist propagandist freak,” drawing further condemnation from social media users.

Dan McLaughlin of National Review responded, “Your long-running experiment in determining exactly how much public anti-Semitism your employer would tolerate has finally delivered a conclusion. You should be filled with the satisfaction any social scientist feels at such a moment.”

Gray, who previously served as national press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign, had posted a controversial statement on June 1, characterizing Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip as “sometimes you have to kill some Arab kids to maintain a Jewish demographic majority.”