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Hamas honors Al Jazeera for protection of battle with Israel

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The Palestinian terror group Hamas honored Al Jazeera on Tuesday for the Qatar-based information group’s protection of its latest battle with Israel.

American Jewish Committee managing director Avi Mayer seen the announcement on Hamas’ Arab-language web site and took to Twitter. 

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“Holy crap: Al Jazeera has accepted an award from Hamas for its protection of the latest hostilities between the terrorist group and Israel. Right here the Qatari community’s Gaza bureau chief, Wael al-Dahdouh, is proven receiving the award from Khalil al-Hayya, deputy head of Hamas in Gaza,” Mayer wrote to caption a picture from the Hamas web site. 

“{That a} main media outlet has accepted an award for its information protection from a chosen terrorist group ought to increase alarm bells amongst all who’re involved about freedom of the press,” Mayer advised Fox Information. “This revelation raises critical questions in regards to the relationship between Al Jazeera and Hamas and the way it would possibly have an effect on media protection of one of the contentious conflicts on the earth. Viewers should know.”

The web site, which is registered to the Hamas motion throughout the Palestinian web naming authority, options an entry with the identical picture shared by Mayer. 

“Al Jazeera Al-Qatari labored with excessive professionalism throughout its protection of the ‘Sword of Jerusalem’ battle and demonstrated its affiliation with the reason for the oppressed Palestinian folks,” Hamas deputy Khalil al-Hayya stated, based on an English translation. 

The information comes as a whole bunch of journalists, together with some from Al Jazeera, signed an open letter this week calling for much more vitriolic anti-Israel protection.

The Hamas website reported that al-Hayya advised Al Jazeera staffers in the course of the go to that the group is “pleased with the energetic Al Jazeera crews” who’ve “confirmed that they’re the knights of speech and sacrifice in the course of the protection of the occasions.”

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“What distinguishes the Palestinian journalist [from others] is that he has a nationwide message … we noticed a excessive degree of nationalism and a nationwide tone in Al Jazeera’s protection,” al-Hayya continued, based on The Instances of Israel. 

The Jerusalem-based on-line newspaper added that Al Jazeera “has lengthy been accused of getting an anti-Israeli, anti-American slant in its protection.” 

Israel leveled the Gaza media tower, which housed Al Jazeera’s bureau, in an air strike final month on the top of the battle. In consequence, the assembly came about within the “short-term bureau” of Al Jazeera in Gaza, based on the Instances of Israel. 

The strike drew howls of concern from the press, however some Center East voices stated the Israeli airstrike on the constructing could be justified by the reason.

“Hamas intentionally embeds itself among the many press to protect its terrorism in opposition to Israel,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee tweeted. “Defeating terrorism is important for peace.”

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Israeli Ambassador to the UN and US Gilad Erdan advised the Related Press on Monday that Hamas was utilizing its now destroyed Gaza constructing to impede the Iron Dome missile protection system, based on the Jerusalem Put up and the Instances of Israel.

The Hamas web site indicated that Al Jazeera is not going to be the one media outlet honored by the group. 

“It’s noteworthy that the go to comes inside a collection of steady visits carried out by the media relations of Hamas to honor the media for his or her function in overlaying the battle of ‘Sword of Jerusalem,’” the Hamas website introduced. 

Al Jazeera didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. 

Fox Information’ Cortney O’Brien contributed to this report. 

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