Good news: Journalism museum to honor two members of Hamas TV

posted at 6:41 pm on May 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

Ever heard of Al-Aqsa TV? You may think you haven’t, but if you’re a longtime HA reader I’ll bet you have. They’re responsible for the charming children’s characters Farfour, the Jew-hating mouse; Nahoul, the Jew-hating bee; and Assud, the Jew-eating rabbit. Apart from their stellar children’s programming, they’re known for Holocaust revisionism and various forms of pro-terrorist/anti-semitic propaganda. Per Philip Klein, the Treasury Department designated Al-Aqsa TV as an arm of Hamas three years ago and therefore subjected it to U.S. sanctions imposed on officially recognized terrorist groups. (“Treasury will not distinguish between a business financed and controlled by a terrorist group, such as Al-Aqsa Television, and the terrorist group itself.”) There are dozens upon dozens of clips from the channel archived at MEMRI TV for being especially fragrant examples of televised jihadist filth.

Last year, two Al-Aqsa employees were killed by the IDF during its operations in Gaza. Were they “merely” terrorist propagandists, or actual terrorists themselves using the cover of media to carry out an attack? Doesn’t matter to the Newseum: They’re going up on the wall of honor for journalists killed in the line of duty. Just like Daniel Pearl.

“Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi were cameramen in a car clearly marked ‘TV,’” Newseum spokesman Scott Williams told the Free Beacon via email. “The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers all consider these men journalists killed in the line duty.”

Middle East experts disagree with this assessment, however.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which combats anti-Semitism, said the Newseum has made a “shameful decision” to honor the terrorists.

“Duct Tape on car with the letters TV does not a journalist make,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the center’s associate dean. “A shameful decision based on a falsehood that besmirches the true heroes of journalism who died while pursuing their mission of seeking and reporting the Truth.”

Via the Standard, the IDF wrote about these two last year after they were killed. The head of the network acknowledged at the time that all of his employees are “part of the resistance,” leading the IDF’s spokesman to wonder if that meant that “those carrying a camera during the day could be carrying rockets at night.” According to a Newseum spokesman who spoke to the Free Beacon, to be included on the memorial a journalist must have been “a contributor of news, commentary or photography to a news outlet; an editor or news executive; a producer, camera operator, sound engineer or other member of a broadcast crew; or a documentary filmmaker.” Evidently Hamas TV falls under one of those categories. Which raises a question:

Exactly. If Hamas TV is a legit journalistic endeavor, why isn’t Inspire? If these two qualify as journalists, why isn’t Anwar al-Awlaki, who allegedly came up with the idea for Inspire, a “news executive”? Why isn’t Samir Khan, who quite probably wrote the bomb-making instructions used by the Tsarnaevs to kill people in Boston, an “editor”? One of the main critiques of the White House for targeting Awlaki is that they’ve never gone public with evidence that he was planning actual terror attacks rather than preaching jihadi propaganda. If propaganda is “journalism,” put him up on the memorial too. Let’s see the Newseum really own its standards by including a name the general public will recognize.

Update: Excellent point by Klein. If you wanted to encourage Hamas to carry out terrorism in the guise of “media coverage,” this is a dandy way to do it:

This is problematic, because in the past, Hamas has been caught storing and firing rockets directed at Israeli civilians from residential neighborhoods, schools and hospitals. The signal being sent by Newseum to Hamas (and terrorist groups everywhere) is that as long as they plaster “TV” on a vehicle, it should be considered off limits for attack. They can use this tactic to transport weapons and terrorists during wartime, putting nations such as Israel in the difficult position of either firing on vehicles marked “TV” or putting their own civilians at risk.


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Museums that HAMAS would blow up if they had the opportunity.

TX-96 on May 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Jay Carney next in line.

oldroy on May 10, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Rumor has it that Joseph Goebbels will receive a posthumous award.

locomotivebreath1901 on May 10, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Will Al-Jazeera” Gore do the presentation?

viking01 on May 10, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Seems reasonable to me. Hamas TV is the past master of Journalism theater, manipulating the news to the advantage of your favored side. Isn’t that what it’s become in the US, too?

Steven Den Beste on May 10, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Are there people in place at high, influential positions (government, media, education, business) in the western world that are against the western world???

albill on May 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM

So, in case you don’t know, Tsarnaev buried in Central Virginia, Doswell, Caroline County… here’s a news report.
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By all means, allow the new jihadis into the burial ground to pay homage to the dead martyr – cameras are running and you may find yourself reported to authorities tout de suite.

ExpressoBold on May 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

We’re surrounded by self-loathing moral imbeciles.

RadClown on May 10, 2013 at 6:59 PM

How about Leni Riefenstahl as a documentarian?

Now I have even less reason to go to the Newseum.

rbj on May 10, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Well… if I’m ever near where the Boston bomber is buried I’ll make a pork barbecue and beer run then let my digestive system work its magic before stopping by and paying my respects….

viking01 on May 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Journalism is a museum piece.

forest on May 10, 2013 at 7:09 PM

I just walked by that place today. I shouldn’t have held it in until I reached my office.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Funny to see JournOlist-er Goldberg pretend to act all mad.

tetriskid on May 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

I just walked by that place today. I shouldn’t have held it in until I reached my office.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on May 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Set up a “go” cup stand and modified portable toilet near the grave and you could be rich!

viking01 on May 10, 2013 at 7:17 PM

MeanWhile,back at the GazaGoonsRanch……Reality Prez Idol Show sumpin…

Palestinians choose a new president – on reality TV

Palestinian reality TV show ‘The President’ offers contestants a chance to address the Palestinian people on what they would do on a variety of subjects if elected president.
By The Associated Press | May.10, 2013 | 1:11 PM
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http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/palestinians-choose-a-new-president-on-reality-tv.premium-1.523387

canopfor on May 10, 2013 at 7:33 PM

…as long as they plaster “TV” on a vehicle, it should be considered off limits for attack.

Or “ambulance.” And the same principle applies to mosques as well.

Tzetzes on May 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM

So, in case you don’t know, Tsarnaev buried in Central Virginia, Doswell, Caroline County… here’s a news report.
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ExpressoBold on May 10, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Doswell is in Hanover County. I don’t know about the place Islamists picked to honor the older terrorist.

But the fact of the matter is that they were damned stupid to make it public so soon after the bombing.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 8:18 PM

The world hasnt seen such a strong progressive and mohammedian bond since Hitler and the grand mufti allied in WWII.

tom daschle concerned on May 10, 2013 at 8:27 PM

But the fact of the matter is that they were damned stupid to make it public so soon after the bombing.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Naaahhh. They knew what they were doing. After someone “desecrates” the grave, they will be screaming hate crime faster than you can say “SPLC”.

Oh, hey, AP? Does this “museum”/”learning center” really have a Daniel Pearl exhibit? Or was that pain in my lip just you setting the hook?

Squiggy on May 11, 2013 at 8:32 AM

” The signal being sent by Newseum to Hamas (and terrorist groups everywhere) is that as long as they plaster “TV” on a vehicle, it should be considered off limits for attack…”

Remember when West Bank islamic terrorist used ambulances to transport gunmen and ammo to their so-called fighters?

The Izzies ought to announce that anything in Hamas territory moving on wheels is fair game, because Hamas knows no bounds and respects no conventions.

dockywocky on May 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Assud, the Jew-eating rabbit.

Wait…. Jews are halal?!? Who knew?

C’mon guys, this should be easy to understand. Haven’t we talked for years about Paliwood? How creative they are in doing things like taking one dead baby from place to place at the site of an Israeli retaliatory strike and posing it with various stuffed toys and such, to show the world “all those dead babies”? How they photoshop pics and splice video to make it look like a guy shot by his own side got killed by the Israelis? These guys rank right up there with Dan “fake but accurate” Rather! You gotta give ‘em credit somewhere!

GWB on May 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM