Two Hamas 'journalists' to be added to Newseum's memorial
The Newseum in Washington, D.C. two Hamas "journalists" killed during Operation Pillar of Defense last year. I use quotes around the word "journalists" because there is no free press in Gaza and the fact that the two men were shilling for a terrorist outfit makes them unworthy to share the same honored place with Americans and others who died in service to a free press.
Al-Kumi and Salama were killed on November 20 by an Israeli air strike during the height of hostilities with Gaza. Both were Hamas members and worked at the time for the Al-Aqsa television network, which is funded by Hamas.
According to Al-Aqsa at the time, the IDF targeted their vehicle even though it was clearly marked "TV."
In response, the IDF issued a statement accusing the Al-Aqsa network of acting as the voice of terror by featuring programs that praise and incite attacks on Israeli civilians. Moreover, the IDF claimed that al-Kumi and Salama functioned as Hamas operatives, in addition to being Al-Aqsa cameramen, and were targeted on November 20 for their terror ties.
On Newseum's website, al-Kumi and Salama are described as cameramen who "were covering fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas when a missile hit their vehicle."
The museum did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In November, Al-Aqsa head Mohammad Thouraya denied the IDF accusations of incitement, and told Al-Jazeera that "we are not the voice of Hamas. We are the voice of the Palestinian people, the voice of the resistance... we try to make sure the Palestinian people stay strong, the resistance is strong, and we show them we are winning. We want to make them resilient," he said.
However, in 2010 the US Treasury Department singled out Al-Aqsa as "a television station financed and controlled by Hamas. Al-Aqsa is a primary Hamas media outlet and airs programs and music videos designed to recruit children to become Hamas armed fighters and suicide bombers upon reaching adulthood."
Newseum is one of the most interesting museums in the world and has thousands of hours of history available at the click of a mouse. But this action is simply unexplainable. Those Hamas operatives have no business being memorialized for their "news coverage" when the result of their work is a series of manipulated images and lies.
And the notion that they didn't work for Hamas is ludicrous. The terrorists keep an iron grip on what goes on in Gaza and to believe, for instance,. that the "journalists" could have broadcast a story critical of the terrorist group or its leadership without suffering the most severe consequences is nonsense.
Someone should bring Newseum back to reality and stop this travesty before it occurs.