Speculation is brewing that several journalists who were first to report on the unprovoked Hamas-Palestinian surprise attack on Israel that claimed approximately 1,400 lives on Oct. 7th may have at minimum been tipped off by Hamas and other terrorists and at worst: may have been embedded with them.
The implications of major American and international media outlets breaking a long unwritten rule of journalistic ethics: you don’t embed with a hostile force. Hamas is a declared foreign terrorist organization under American law, which actually worsens the matter. A journalist embedding with a hostile foreign nation’s military is straightforward under international law, but doing so with a terrorist organization presents a whole host of ethical lapses.
According to HonestReporting, an avowedly pro-Israel publication, Gaza-based photojournalists working with and for the Associated Press, and Reuters were present and reporting right at the border areas breached in the early Saturday morning hours of Oct. 7th.
The outlet asked a number of troubling questions that have yet to be satisfactorily answered as of this report:
- 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?
Honest Reporting noted, “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.”
Citing the work of AP photojournalists Hassan Eslaiah, Yousef Masoud, Ali Mahmud, and Hatem Ali the outlet stressed their early access to locations within Gaza and near Kibbutz Kfar Azza which was brutally attacked by Hamas at the outset of their campaign of terror.
Looking particularly at Eslaiah, the outlet wrote via X,
“In the hours following our expose, new material is still coming to light concerning Gazan freelance journalist Hassan Eslaiah whom both AP & CNN used on Oct. 7. Here he is pictured with Hamas leader and mastermind of the Oct. 7 massacre, Yahya Sinwar.
And here is footage of Eslaiah after he crossed into Israel and took photos of a burning Israeli tank. He then captured infiltrators entering Kibbutz Kfar Azza. Note that he is not identifiable as a member of the press. But AP & CNN deemed it acceptable to use his services.”
And here is footage of Eslaiah after he crossed into Israel and took photos of a burning Israeli tank. He then captured infiltrators entering Kibbutz Kfar Azza.
Note that he is not identifiable as a member of the press. But AP & CNN deemed it acceptable to use his services. pic.twitter.com/fA0VI2df2i
— HonestReporting (@HonestReporting) November 8, 2023
Honest Reporting asks in its piece “Is it conceivable to assume that “journalists” just happened to appear early in the morning at the border without prior coordination with the terrorists? Or were they part of the plan?” The outlet pointed to the methodical nature of the attack and every portion of its presentation online from mobile phone and body-worn camera footage of various atrocities.
JUST IN: Reports of 100,000+ people have gathered in London to protest against Israel, in favor of Palestine.
London, which didn’t see any protests near this size after Israelis were butchered by Hamas, is calling for a ceasefire from Israel.
“From the river to the sea,… pic.twitter.com/vnGimvOpLQ
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) October 28, 2023
Trending Politics has noted the apparent social-media savvy and coordination necessary for the global network of pro-Palestinian demonstrations that erupted worldwide on the ‘Day of Jihad’ following the attack and that have persisted since.