New York Times and Washington Post Give Voice to Terrorists

Both the New York Times and the Washington Post published op/eds by a senior member of Hamas as if he were a legitimate government official when he’s nothing more than a terrorist thug. Jewish groups, rightly, are furious:

Several Jewish organizations expressed outrage following the publication of opinion pieces authored by a Hamas figure in two of the US’s most prestigious newspapers on Wednesday.

Both The New York Times and The Washington Post ran op ed pieces by Ahmed Yousef, a senior political adviser to Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, one of two competing Palestinian Authority prime ministers.

The columns, which didn’t note that Hamas is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States, sparked anger from many groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, which wrote to the Times the following day.

“Ahmed Yousef’s preposterous picture of Hamas as a moderate, peace loving organization committed to a cease-fire with Israel has no basis in reality,” wrote Glen S. Lewy, ADL national chairman.

“The chaos, violence and destruction in Gaza and the looting and dismantling of the security infrastructure and border control facilities that followed shows the real face of Hamas,” he wrote.

Morton A. Klein, the Zionist Organization of America’s national president, called the newspapers’ decision to publish the pieces “appalling,” adding that it was akin to printing an article by Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann in 1942.

Klein went on to say that publishing columns by representatives of terrorist organizations only served to legitimize their views.

Both op eds sought to justify Hamas’s takeover of the Gaza Strip and called on the United States to “engage with Hamas,” urging the Bush administration “not to repeat the mistakes that have become the hallmarks of its actions in the Middle East.”

Throughout the editorials, Yousef said Hamas was committed to peace and blamed Israel and the US for the failures of the peace process.

Yousef’s claim that Hamas is committed to peace is a lie. Hamas has always been committed to, at the very least, continual war with Israel, and, at the worst, the complete destruction of Israel and launches kassam rockets regularly. In fact, just today, Palestinians in Gaza, which is now controlled exclusively by Hamas, fired kassam rockets into the Israeli town of Sderot injuring three.

The New York Times, under criticism for publishing the op/ed, defended its decision today. In the body of the piece by Clark Hoyt titled “The Danger of One-Sided Debate,” Clark acknowledged Hamas’ wish to destroy the state of Israel:

The most recent column was by Ahmed Yousef, a spokesman for Hamas, the party elected to lead the Palestinian government and a group dedicated to the destruction of Israel. He wrote Wednesday about “What Hamas Wants.”

Mr. Hoyt himself admits to Hamas’ terrorism while insisting that wants to provide a forum for both sides of the “debate.” Since when did terrorists debate anything? They only thing Hamas understands is violence and death.

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