Al Jazeera presenters carry on tradition of praising terror attacks
When terrorists have randomly attacked Israeli civilians in recent weeks, surprising voices have reacted with horror. The series of attacks that killed 14 Israelis attracted condemnations Turkey, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, among others.
For the main presenters of the Qatari public network Al Jazeera, however, the attacks were cause for celebration and praise.
“The martyrdom of the attacker in the Tel Aviv operation… brought a taste of humiliation to the Israelis and so they spent a dark night of terror imprisoned in their homes, while an entire army of thousands of soldiers Israelis chased him for 9 hours, [during which time] he roamed freely until he reached Jaffa,” Al Jazeera host Ahmed Mansour wrote April 8. “He confronted an Israeli force in Jaffa and was martyred, may God have mercy on him.”
Mansour wrote about Ra’ad Hazem, which killed three people and injured 11 others on Tel Aviv’s popular Dizengoff Street. The post included two photos of Hazem, one showing him cradling a baby and the other showing him hoisting a rifle.
Mansour, who has 1.2 million Twitter followers, acclaimed another terrorist attack 11 days earlier. In this case, a shooter killed five people in Bnei Brak, a suburb of Tel Aviv. Among his victims was an Arab-Israeli policeman Amir Khouri and two people from Ukraine.
The terrorist, Diaa Hamarsha, “moved steadily and courageously from one area to another, focusing precisely on his targets among the settlers, sowing terror among them before being martyred”, Mansour said. tweeted.
He also posted video of the shooting, including Hamarsha shooting and killing a passing motorist.
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera’s longest-serving presenter, Gamal Rayyanused the Hazem shooting in Tel Aviv to warn countries that have relations with Israel.
“The Tel Aviv operation is a lesson for normalization regimes: Israel will not protect you as it can hardly protect itself #Palestine”, Rayyan tweeted on April 8, above a video in which the speaker recounts that a “resistance fighter” imposed a curfew on Tel Aviv.
— جمال ريان (@jamalrayyan) April 8, 2022
Algerian presenter of Al Jazeera Khadija Ben Guennalinked the terrorist attacks to the historic Negev summit which bring foreign ministers of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and the United States in Israel on March 29.
“In 7 days, 11 Israelis were killed, coinciding with heights of shame [Negev Summit],” she wrote.
Tel Aviv offensive came during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
“It is important to understand that Ramadan, for Islamists, is not only a time for worship, but also for jihad. Their teaching manuals affirm and link all decisive military battles in the history of Islam to Ramadan,” Egyptian writer Nervana Mahmoud told the Terrorism Investigative Report.
“He [Hamarsha] was known for his high ambition, gentleness, and extensive connection with people,” the article reads. He quoted his father, who said Hamarsha “was not one of those young people looking for passion and fun in life”.
Al Jazeera too reported about the Palestinians who gathered outside Hamarsha’s house to sing Palestinian national songs.
Other Islamist networks also celebrated the terrorist attacks. Hezbollah Al-Manar TV channel posted an article on March 31, praising “the heroic operation in the occupied Palestinian territories [that] represented the practical response to the Negev summit of normalization with the Israeli enemy and it is Arab regimes and treacherous leaders who stab the back of the Palestinian cause and its sanctities.
Again, none of the attacks took place in what can be called “occupied” areas.
Esmail Ghaani, Commander of Iran’s Al Quds Force rented the attacks during a ceremony to commemorate an Iranian commander in Tehran.
“We have made it clear to the occupying Zionist regime that any group that fights it will have our blessing,” Ghaani said. mentioned. He praised “the Palestinian youth who shook the occupied territories”.
This kind of celebratory reaction is unfortunately common among Palestinian activists and their supporters. Mansour previously supported a terrorist attack in a tourist bus in Egypt in 2014, which left four dead and 14 injured.
This “is not an act of terrorism, but an act of heroism”, Mansour wrote.
An Egyptian court order Egypt’s Al Jazeera channel, along with three other affiliated Islamist TV channels, went off the air in September 2013. The court said it was “inciting violence that resulted in the death of Egyptians” and that its coverage was biased in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The shameless support for terrorism shown by Al Jazeera presenters deserves more attention. Their role in radicalizing millions of followers using misinformation and lies is deplorable for a so-called professional news network.
Investigative Terrorism Project (IPT) Principal Investigator Hany Ghoraba is an Egyptian writer, political analyst and counter-terrorism Al Ahram Weeklyauthor of The Egyptian Arab Spring: the long and winding road to democracy and a regular contributor to the BBC. A version of this article was originally posted by IPT.