The New York Times, in its reprehensible campaign to vilify Israel and whitewash Hamas, has resorted to lying about terrorists Israel has killed by pretending the targets were journalists.
The author, one David Carr, reported in a piece titled “Using War as Cover to Target Journalists” that two senior Hamas terrorists Israel killed last week were “journalists.”
Carr claims that the two terrorists, Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, were cameramen for Al-Aqsa TV, which is run by Hamas. They were supposedly covering the Gaza conflict when a missile struck their car.
What Carr didn’t report was that the two men had spray-painted “TV” on their car to masquerade as journalists and mask their terrorist identities. Muhammed Shamalah, (also referred to as Slama) was the commander of Hamas forces in the southern Strip and head of the Hamas militant training programs. The precision air strike by Israel was a hit on a terrorist leader.
But the Times wasn’t done; they claimed that the two men, as “cameramen for Al-Aqsa TV,” a Hamas propaganda outfit, should have had journalistic immunity from attack. Even if the two men were journalists, which they were not, the U.S. State Department classifies Al-Aqsa TV as a terrorist organization.
In a further attempt to smear Israel, Carr wrote that a precision Israeli missile strike that killed four senior Islamic Jihad terrorists who were meeting inside a media building was an attack that “might have included legitimate targets.” After the attack, even Islamic Jihad acknowledged the deaths of their members.
The credibility of the New York Times is always flimsy, but never more so in their attempt to curry favor with terrorists and destroy good will toward Israel.