Robinson quickly replied, saying that has "no wish to contribute to the mountain of fake news on the internet," and deleted the problematic tweets.Some people asking for proof of my claim that Guardian editor told me in writing not to tell anyone they were policing my Israel tweets. I already posted in the article, but here's screenshot. Subject line "private and confidential." As in: do not tell anyone we are saying this. pic.twitter.com/in4DFOwUG2— Nathan J Robinson (@NathanJRobinson) February 10, 2021
"The Guardian supports its columnists to express a variety of perspectives on all topics, which are published on the site every day. Mr. Robinson recognized that the tweets in question were ill-considered and it was his decision alone to delete them," the statement added.The Guardian has released a statement that does not deny they terminated me as a columnist because of my tweet about Israel but instead says that this didn't constitute "firing" me because even though I was officially a columnist they do not have contracts with columnists. pic.twitter.com/FgX1myKpRH— Nathan J Robinson (@NathanJRobinson) February 10, 2021
Some have expressed support in Robinson, questioning the decision to fire him, or stop working with - depending on who you ask - over his tweets.
I don't know anything about Robinson but this article has the offending two tweets, which do not seem fireable to me (perhaps there is more to the story): https://t.co/ihskG0TUKd pic.twitter.com/81rKQjVl6r— Nicholas A. Christakis (@NAChristakis) February 10, 2021
But while Robinson made it clear that his original tweets were merely meant as a joke, he did hesitate to finish his article with a harsh and unfounded attack, directed both at Israel and at the Guardian.