HonestReporting has highlighted how some mainstream media, including The New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times,
have published op-eds by Hamas leaders. We asked the question as to
whether these newspapers could be guilty of providing material support
for a terrorist organization.
We also stated that American
newspapers would not give Osama bin Laden op-ed space. So why would
they give the oxygen of publicity to a Hamas terrorist whose
organization is responsible for the murder of US citizens in Israel and
whose charter calls for Israel's destruction and is filled with unadulterated anti-Semitism?
counter-argument raised by those seeking to excuse this behavior is to
attempt to separate Hamas's "political wing" from its "military wing",
portraying Hamas as the "legitimate and democratically elected
Irrespective of this, Hamas in its entirety is a proscribed terrorist group under UK terror legislation as well as a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization according to the US State Department.
The Guardian's online "Israel and the Palestinians"
section, however, includes the "Hamas military wing" (circled) as one
of a list of "Useful links". There is no grey area here - this website
links directly to an English language site of "Ezedeen Al-Qassam
Brigades", which describes itself as "the armed branch of the Islamic
Resistance Movement (Hamas)."
some Hamas leaders may dubiously claim to be mere politicians
(directing and inciting terror from above), the members of the Brigades
are actively involved in terrorist acts and some have the blood of
innocent Israeli civilians on their hands.
have not linked to this site (pictured below) as we do not wish to
generate traffic to a terrorist organization. The site memorializes
"martyrs" including many Hamas members directly involved in terror.
legal issues to one side, how can The Guardian justify including a link
to a terrorist website that has no equivalence amongst the other
Please send your respectful and considered comments to The Guardian's readers' editor Siobhain Butterworth - firstname.lastname@example.org - requesting that the paper remove this promotion of terror from its website.