Hamas Spokesman Says Some Journalists Were Harassed For Negative Reporting On Hamas

| by Amanda Schallert

In a recent interview, a Hamas spokesperson reportedly said that some journalists were intimidated or harassed in Gaza if they tried to focus on sites where rockets were being launched at Israel.

Isra al-Mudallal, head of foreign relations at the Hamas Information Ministry in Gaza, reportedly said that journalists filming the locations where Hamas launched rockets were “collaborating with the occupation,” or Israel, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Hamas security would allegedly try to push journalists to change their reporting, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Israel has been accused internationally of war crimes against Palestinians during the recent conflict. More than 1,900 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and less than 70 Israelis have been killed. Thousands more Palestinians have also been injured because of the conflict. The majority of Palestinians killed are thought to be civilians, while the majority of Israelis killed were soldiers, according to the New York Times.

At the Inquistr, contributors called the Hamas spokesman’s interview a “remarkable development” and went on to allege that the western media is “(pandering) to the terrorists of Hamas.” Inquisitr writers alleged that because of a media bias, “Israel comes off looking like the bad guy.”

International leaders have criticized Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, while Israeli officials have said they think the Human Rights Council is biased against them.

The Inquistr has also reported that Ibrahim Khraishi, Palestine’s U.N. Human Rights Council Ambassador, “admitted” that Hamas committed war crimes by using civilians as “human shields” – a claim that Israeli officials have repeated throughout the recent conflict.

Source: The Inquistr, Washington Free Beacon, New York Times