Washington "Newseum" to honour Hamas terrorists

One think-tank is reconsidering its use of the much-loved "Newseum" in Washington DC after its decision to honour Hamas terrorists

by The Commentator on 10 May 2013 12:57

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The famed Newseum, the museum of journalism and news located in Washington, D.C., has found itself in the middle of a major argument over the honouring of two dead Hamas terrorists that some claim were simply journalists in the Palestinian territories.

The Newseum plans to add Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama to its "Journalists Memorial" which honours those killed while reporting the news. But the two men were cameramen for Al-Aqsa, Hamas's propaganda network, and thus qualify as Hamas operatives and therefore terrorists. 

Hamas is listed as a terrorist organisation in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Jordan, Japan, the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

"Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama were Hamas operatives and cameramen for Hamas’ Al-Aqsa television network, which regularly features programming that encourages and praises attacks on Israeli civilians. The IDF targeted Al-Kumi and Salama on Nov. 20," says the Israel Defense Forces website. Palestinian media confirm that the two men were indeed Hamas operatives.

In response to the Newseum's decision, one DC-based think tank, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, says it will reconsider using the venue for its annual policy summit.

"I'll be putting in a call to the CEO of the Newseum first thing tomorrow morning," Cliff May, the president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said in an email to BuzzFeed. "I'm hoping he'll tell me there's been a misunderstanding – or a re-thinking once it became clear that these 'journalists' were members of designated terrorist organizations."

"Let me be fair and give them an opportunity to answer my questions (I have more than a few)," he said. "As I said: Perhaps there's been a misunderstanding or perhaps some re-thinking is taking place in light of additional information they have received."

"But I will say this: I spent most of my adult life as a journalist – at the New York Times and other media organizations," May said. "I know the difference between a reporter and a terrorist propagandist. I'm hopeful that the folks at the Newseum also are able to make such distinctions."

A response from the Newseum is expected sometime this afternoon.

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