‘No different than terrorists’: Israel does not hold back over report alleging journalist involvement in Hamas attack

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A member the Knesset, Israel’s parliamentary body, said Thursday he believes the photojournalists who embedded themselves with Hamas should be “eliminated” with all other Hamas terrorists who attacked Israel on Oct. 7.

“Israel’s internal security agency announced that they will eliminate all participants of the October 7 massacre. The ‘photojournalists’ who took part in recording the assault will be added to that list,” said Danny Danon, a member of the Likud Party.

Israel is reacting to a shocking report exposing the actions of Gaza-based photojournalists who documented Hamas’ barbaric attack on Israel.

The problem is the alleged journalists — who freelanced for the Associated Press, Reuters, and other news outlets like CNN and the New York Times — did not wear markings identifying themselves as media members and appeared to be embedded in Hamas itself on the day of the attack. One of those journalists even allegedly held a grenade.

The report raised serious ethical questions about the connections of the photojournalists to Hamas.

HonestReporting, the non-governmental organization that broke the story, explained:

What were they doing there so early on what would ordinarily have been a quiet Saturday morning? Was it coordinated with Hamas? Did the respectable wire services, which published their photos, approve of their presence inside enemy territory, together with the terrorist infiltrators? Did the photojournalists who freelance for other media, like CNN and The New York Times, notify these outlets? Judging from the pictures of lynching, kidnapping and storming of an Israeli kibbutz, it seems like the border has been breached not only physically, but also journalistically.

In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office accused the photojournalists of being “accomplices in crimes against humanity,” while Benny Gantz, a top leader in the government, said the journalists are “no different than terrorists and should be treated as such,” Politico reported.

The media organizations involved in the story swiftly denied any wrongdoing, including having any advanced knowledge of Hamas’ plans or embedding journalists in Hamas ranks.

But the question remains: did the photojournalists who captured images of Hamas carrying out atrocities against Israel just so happen to be in the right place at the right time?

That, of course, seems highly unlikely, especially when you consider that at least one of the photojournalists appears to have had a relationship with a top Hamas official.

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