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August 5, 2014 1

The Foreign Media Fails to Cover Hamas

With a shaky cease fire in place, for­eign jour­nal­ists are begin­ning to leave Gaza, some of them reveal­ing for the first time on-the-ground photo and video evi­dence of Hamas oper­a­tions in civil­ian areas.

Dur­ing the four weeks of Israel’s Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge, there has been plenty of video and pho­tos taken by for­eign jour­nal­ists in Gaza, most of it depict­ing the civil­ian human­i­tar­ian toll. To the con­ster­na­tion of many, there were vir­tu­ally no videos of Hamas oper­a­tives launch­ing one of the over 3,000 rock­ets sent against Israel, no pho­tos of armed Hamas oper­a­tives on the streets, few descrip­tions of Hamas oper­a­tions cen­ters or safe houses.

On August 5, the Indian net­work NDTV fea­tured an “exclu­sive” video of a rocket being pre­pared and fired from a loca­tion just out­side their hotel, in an area of civil­ian homes and com­mer­cial businesses.

Why have these pho­tos and videos been lack­ing until now?   There have been alle­ga­tions that jour­nal­ists in Gaza were bul­lied into silence, reports that those who reported on or pho­tographed Hamas oper­at­ing in civil­ian areas were forcibly removed from Gaza.   In explain­ing why news sto­ries haven’t men­tioned the well-known fact that Hamas has an oper­a­tion cen­ter in a bunker directly under­neath one of Gaza’s main hos­pi­tals, Tablet Mag­a­zine explained:

“What Hamas has done, there­fore, is to turn Shifa Hos­pi­tal into a Hol­ly­wood sound-stage filled with real, live war vic­tims who are used to score pro­pa­ganda points, while the ter­ror­ists inside the hos­pi­tal itself are erased from pho­tographs and news accounts through a com­bi­na­tion of pres­sure and threats, in order to pro­duce the sto­ries that Hamas wants.”

Oth­ers claim that such pho­tos were just not avail­able to be taken.  In an inter­view for The New York Times’ The Lens Blog, pho­tog­ra­pher Tyler Hicks explained why among the hun­dreds of pho­tos he took over a two week period in Gaza, almost none were of Hamas rock­ets, weapons or operatives:

Q: We have many pho­tos of the casu­al­ties and destruc­tion in Gaza. Why don’t we have many pho­tos of Hamas fight­ers or mis­siles? A: This is a war fought largely behind the scenes. Hamas fight­ers are not able to expose them­selves. If they were to even step a foot on the street they would be spot­ted by an Israeli drone and imme­di­ately blown up. We don’t see those fight­ers. They are oper­at­ing out of build­ings and homes and at night. They are mov­ing around very care­fully. You don’t see any signs of author­ity on the streets. If you can imag­ine every police offi­cer, every per­son of author­ity in Amer­ica gone, this is what that would look like.  If we had access to them, we would be pho­tograph­ing them. I never saw a sin­gle device for launch­ing the rock­ets to Israel. It’s as if they don’t exist.  Some­times peo­ple assume that you can have access to every­thing, that you can see every­thing. But the fight­ers are vir­tu­ally invis­i­ble to us. What we do as pho­tog­ra­phers is doc­u­ment what we can to show that side of the war. There are funer­als, there are peo­ple being rushed to the hos­pi­tal, but you can’t dif­fer­en­ti­ate the fight­ers from the civil­ians. They are not wear­ing uni­forms. If there is some­one com­ing into the hos­pi­tal injured, you can’t tell if that’s just a shop­keeper or if this is some­one who just fired a rocket towards Israel. It’s impos­si­ble to know who’s who. We tried to cover this as objec­tively as possible.

Other news crews have inad­ver­tently filmed rock­ets.  For exam­ple, this France24 reporter was sur­prised when a rocket was fired right behind him dur­ing his July 31 live report. Upon post­ing the video of the rocket launch­ing, NDTV explained that it was being made pub­lic because the news team respon­si­ble for the clip had left Gaza:

This report is being aired on NDTV and pub­lished on ndtv.com after our team left the Gaza strip — Hamas has not taken very kindly to any report­ing of its rock­ets being fired. But just as we reported the dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences of Israel’s offen­sive on Gaza’s civil­ians, it is equally impor­tant to report on how Hamas places those very civil­ians at risk by fir­ing rock­ets deep from the heart of civil­ian zones.

As jour­nal­ists begin to stream out of Gaza  to cover other crises around the world, it is likely we will be see­ing more and more of these “exclu­sive” videos and pho­tos of Hamas oper­a­tions sud­denly revealed.

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August 14, 2012 2

Blood Libel Broadcast Across Arab World: New Arabic Translation Of Talmud Cited

Holo­caust denial, the blood libel and other vicious anti-Semitism marked last week’s episode of the weekly show Milad air­ing on mul­ti­ple Arab satel­lite channels.

Salman Al-Ouda

Dur­ing the pro­gram, a weekly dis­cus­sion with Dr. Salman al-Ouda, a promi­nent Saudi scholar and the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars, al-Ouda pro­moted the Ara­bic lan­guage trans­la­tion of the Baby­lon­ian Tal­mud to sup­port his anti-Semitic diatribe.

In one seg­ment of the episode, al-Ouda said: “The Jews believe that they have the right to kill any­one who doesn’t believe in their reli­gion — it’s stated in the Tal­mud.” He then told a story about a doc­tor who was asked by Jews to pro­vide them with human blood to make pies. That story was fol­lowed by another descrip­tion of Jews abduct­ing chil­dren in Dam­as­cus in order to use their blood dur­ing Easter.

Al-Ouda then showed a copy of the newly released Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the Tal­mud pub­lished by the Mid­dle East Stud­ies Cen­ter (MESC), a Jordan-based think tank. “The peo­ple who trans­lated this book must be thanked,” he said. “…they gave us a weapon to con­front our ene­mies, to expose the men­tal­ity of the Jews, to learn how they think and expose their scan­dals. The Jews were very upset with this trans­la­tion and fought against it.”

Salman Al-Ouda shows Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the Tal­mud pub­lished by the Mid­dle East Stud­ies Center

When asked by the show’s co-host if the Jews’ evil char­ac­ter­is­tics are acquired or inher­ent, Al-Ouda responded, “World­wide, you might find some Jews who live in open soci­eties away from the influ­ence of other Jews or away from the bond with their reli­gion and race. They turn into athe­ist Jews like Nor­man [Finkel­stein], who is an athe­ist, or some even become com­mu­nists, or social­ists. They become ordi­nary peo­ple, away from the influ­ence of [their] religion.”

Al-Ouda described Finkel­stein, an anti-Israel aca­d­e­mic whose career has been marked by a vit­ri­olic hatred of Zion­ism and Israel, as “Jew­ish yet coura­geous.” Al-Ouda also min­i­mized the num­ber of Jews killed dur­ing the Holocaust.

Milad airs on Qatar Tele­vi­sion, Libya Tele­vi­sion, and Saudi chan­nels includ­ing 4Shabab, Rotana and Al-Risala, among oth­ers. Ear­lier this month, ADL expressed con­cern that anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries and anti-Israel plot lines have dom­i­nated var­i­ous shows air­ing dur­ing Ramadan on satel­lite sta­tions with wide view­er­ship across the Mid­dle East.

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