By Melissa Nightingale on the NZ Herald…

A government department employee is being investigated by the Ministry for Primary Industries after online anti-Semitic messages to Jewish women, including comments that “Hitler was right” and “you guys should never exist”, were sent from his Instagram account.

His employer has described the comments from his account as “abhorrent” and an employment investigation is under way. A ministry spokesman confirmed he had been suspended from work while the investigation was ongoing.

But the employee, who the Herald is not naming at this time, said his Instagram account was hacked and he didn’t send the messages.

The incident happened after an Israel-based social media user shared a post stating: “It is 2024 and the number of Jewish people living in the world today is still lower than it was before the Holocaust. Let that sink in.”

In reply, a comment from the Wellington man’s account said: “We don’t care you guys should never exist Hitler was right… He probably take you out first.”

Read the full story on the NZ Herald here.