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Hamas' spokesman did not answer when asked if the Islamist organization is deliberately targeting Tel Aviv's airport.
Italian Journalist Defies Hamas: ‘Out of Gaza Far From Hamas Retaliation: Misfired Rocket Killed Children in Shati’
JULY 30, 2014 9:53 AM
Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati said he was able to speak freely about witnessing a Hamas misfire that killed nine children at the Shati camp, confirming the Israel Defense Forces version of events, but only after leaving Gaza, “far from Hamas retaliation.”
On Twitter, Barbati, Jerusalem Correspondent for Radio Popolare Milano, and a former reporter for Sky Italia, in Beijing, said, “Out of #Gaza far from #Hamas retaliation: misfired rocket killed children yday [yesterday] in Shati. Witness: militants rushed and cleared debris.”
He said, “@IDFSpokesperson said truth in communique released yesterday about Shati camp massacre. It was not #Israel behind it.”
On Tuesday, the IDF released aerial photos showing how a rocket from Gaza targeting Israel hit the Shati camp, run by the UNRWA, and Al Shifa Hospital, which has become a de-facto Hamas headquarters, against international rules of war.
Barbati said he was unable to speak about the Al Shifa hit, but he was certain that it was a Hamas rocket that hit the Shati camp, and a witness saw militants rushing to clean the debris.
Blogger Elder of Ziyon, who praised Barbati for telling the truth in a war where many journalists have been intimidated by Hamas, noted that “When Hamas made the area off limits to reporters, it was cleaning the area from any debris that could show the truth.”
An IDF diagram showing how four rockets from Gaza hit the sea, Israel, Shati and Al Shifa Hospital. Photo: IDF.
On Tuesday, CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, called out two correspondents from The Wall Street Journal for deleting photographs that would implicate Hamas in the war crime of using the Al Shifa hospital as a military headquarters. Other journalists, including a Gazan reporter for French media recounted to France’s Libération how Hamas had interrogated him in the same hospital, but later asked the newspaper to take down the story.
Elder of Ziyon said, “Every single report on TV from Gaza should have this disclaimer: ‘Our reporters have been threatened, implicitly and perhaps explicitly, by Hamas to only report one side of the story.Viewers must not trust anything they are saying.’”
“There is an assumption of fairness in journalism, a contract between the media and the viewers,” the influential blogger said. “This contract has been broken, as far as I can tell, by nearly every single reporter in Gaza in nearly every report, with a couple of rare exceptions.”
You have to go back to World War 2 Germany to find a group more dedicated to Jewish genocide than Hamas. It ought to make you ashamed of yourself that, in the interest of so-called objectivity, you choose to provide a platform for a groups whose founding documents specify that all Jews must die. At least the Nazis used euphemisms! Why not try at least to find a Palestinian who is not affiliated with such a reprehensible group of people.
It amazes me how Hamas can claim to be some kind of victim here when they fired rocket after rocket in Israel, killed Israeli citizens, tunneled under borders and claimed to wanting to kill all Jews. If they want to compare someone to Hitler, it's obviously Vladimir Putin. He is exercising the same type of land grabs as Hitler, meeting the same opposition as Hitler, and Putin has been scandalous in his diatribe to his own people and the world. I'm sure many understand what the history of Europe has taught them, and Putin MUST be put in his place. Now, the "Russian backed rebels" have shot down two Ukraine fighter jets this am, with no fear of repercussion, for the murder of 298 innocent civilians. Putin is playing a dangerous game and it's up to the international community to stop him. Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:04:58 +0000 To: email@example.com
Why do you keep on bending over backwards to show that your Jewishness does not not prevent you from being objective.
You just interviewed the spokesman for Hamas.
How could you fail to ask him when he said that Hamas will fight Israel until their lands are freed from the so called occupation whether Gaza is occupied? And most importantly how could not ask him if Hamas accepts Israel's right to exist.
You also asked Prime Minister Natanyahu in another interview about the human tragedy of the people of Gaza during this operation without providing context. Why don't you read this column in today's WSJ
In the interest of even-handedness you have abandoned journalistic objectivity and have lost all credibility.
I guess I will have to move to Fox News to see objective journalism.
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