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NY Botanical Garden fires employee for saying Oct. 7 made her ‘proud’

“The celebration of violence and loss of life shown in this video does not reflect NYBG’s values in any way,” said the Bronx-based museum.

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York City. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York City. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Following the video exposure of her words praising Hamas’s terrorist attacks on Jewish communities in southern Israel on Oct. 7, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has fired scientist Amelia Fuller, a member of George Mason University’s Students Against Israeli Apartheid.

The video showed Fuller wearing a keffiyeh at a protest and grinning as she smoked a cigarette while someone filming with a cell phone asked questions such as, “How did Oct. 7 make you feel?”

She responded “proud” before another protester to her left called it “one of the greatest days in the history of decolonization.”

Fuller’s former employer soon released a statement saying: “This weekend, a video was brought to our attention that showed an NYBG employee making a disturbing statement recently about the attacks in Israel on October 7. We take this matter very seriously, and following an immediate investigation, this individual is no longer employed by NYBG.”

The “living museum” in the Bronx said that “the celebration of violence and loss of life shown in this video does not reflect NYBG’s values in any way. We mourn the tragic and ongoing suffering and loss of life in Israel and Gaza, and urgently hope for peace.”

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