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Hamas Terrorists with Terrorist Org. ‘TV Channel’ Honored by Newseum

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Hussam Salama and Mahmoud al-Kumi were two Hamas members who worked for the Hamas-run and financed al-Aksa Television.  The U.S. government labeled al-Aksa Television a foreign terrorist organization in 2010.  These two terrorists were successfully targeted by the Israel Defense Forces during Operation Pillar of Defense, in November, 2012.

In several different places and using different words but all with the same meaning, Hamas referred to these two men as part of their military efforts, and once they were dead, as having died as martyrs.

Salama and al-Kumi were savvy terrorists, they taped the letters “TV” on the side of the car they traveled in, as a special form of immunity.  They may not have fooled the IDF, but they are making fools of what should be a great institution, the Newseum.

The Newseum in Washington, D.C. is a huge museum dedicated to the news industry. It opened in 1997 with a simple mission: to educate the public about “the value of a free press in a free society.”

One of the Newseum’s many exhibits is the Journalists Memorial.  This exhibit contains the names of journalists who died or were killed in pursuit of the news since 1837. The museum rededicates the memorial each year to add the names of journalists who died on the job the previous year.  In the opinion of quite a few, this year’s ceremony makes a mockery of the exhibit.

The Newseum will hold this year’s Journalists Memorial ceremony on Monday, May 13. During Monday’s ceremony the Newseum will add the names of  82 individuals who were killed while covering military conflicts, plus two individuals, Salama and al-Kumi, who were actual participants – and on the side of terrorists – in one such conflict.

It is particularly ironic that Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent will be the keynote speaker for the Newseum’s Journalists Memorial rededication.  Engel is a Jewish journalist who was kidnapped and held for five days this past December while on assignment in Syria. Engel was captured by forces allied with the Assad regime, militants also associated with Hezbollah.  Hezbollah and Hamas are two of Israel’s sworn enemies.

It is worth wondering whether Engel would have agreed to speak at an event honoring two members of Hezbollah who moonlighted as “journalists” for a terrorist front media outlet. And it is also curious that the Newseum’s mission statement talks about “free press,” whereas the two Hamas members whom they are honoring were part of a fascist-controlled media, in a territory – Gaza – without any free press.

Despite outcries from pro-Israel sources, the Newseum refused to rescind its decision to include the two Hamas members as honored fallen journalists.

Cross the Newseum off the list of “must see” destinations in Washington, D.C.

NBC’s Jewish Reporter Kidnapped in Syria, Freed in Gunfight (2 Videos)

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, 39, and two of his  production crew members who were kidnapped in Syria and held for five days, were freed early today, December 18.

Engel, who is Jewish, was interviewed this morning by NBC, shortly after he arrived in Antakya, Turkey.  The American news crew was taken there after they were freed, following a shootout between their abductors and Syrian rebels.

Engel explained that on Dec. 13, he and his crew were in an area of Syria they believed was held by rebels, when, as they drove along a road, “a group of heavily armed gunmen jumped out of the trees and bushes.”  The captors dragged the journalists out of their car, shoved them into a “container truck,” and killed on the spot one of the rebels with whom the NBC crew had been traveling.

During the five days they were held in captivity, the NBC crew were kept bound and blindfolded.  Engel said that while they were not physically beaten, they did undergo psychological torture.

The American journalists were told they had to “pick which one of the three should be killed first,” Engel said.   When they refused, the captors picked the producer, Ghazi Balkiz, and told the three that he would be killed first, and then fired their guns into the air.  Because all three journalists were blindfolded, they believed Balkiz was shot, just as Balkiz believed he was about to be shot.

On Tuesday, the journalists were in the back of what they described as a minivan being moved to another “safe house,” when the captors were surprised by a checkpoint manned by Syrian rebels.  A shootout ensued, and the journalists escaped through the back of the van.  The NBC crew was then taken to Turkey by Syrian rebels, where the journalists were able to make contact with their families and their employer.

In an understatement, an unshaven Engel said during his live NBC interview this morning, “I’m very happy that we are able to do this live shot this morning.”

Although they cannot say for sure, Engel told NBC that their captors spoke openly about their loyalty to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  Engel said he believes their captors are part of the pro-regime “shabiha” milita, which is allied with Hezbollah, and trained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

According to an NBC report, Engel and his crew understood that their captors hoped to exchange the journalists for comrades held by the rebels.

Engel grew up on the upper East Side of Manhattan.  He attended Stanford University and is fluent in Arabic.

There is another American journalist whom American officials believe is being held in Syria by the Assad regime.  Austin Tice, a 31-year-old freelance reporter, disappeared while reporting from a Damascus suburb on August 13.  A video of Tice turned up on September 26, neither Tice’s family nor anyone else has been contacted about him or told of his whereabouts.

The Tice family set up a website in the hopes that someone will be able to provide information about their son.


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