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Al Jazeera, the international news network funded by the state of Qatar, has long been a subject of controversy. While it is lauded in some circles for its in-depth reporting and coverage of global issues, there is another side to this media giant that raises significant concerns. Recent revelations have brought to light instances where individuals working as journalists for Al Jazeera were found to be affiliated with terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. These allegations have serious implications, particularly in the context of media ethics and national security.

 

Last month, The Washington Post reported that the Israeli government had shut down Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel due to its coverage from Gaza. The Post portrayed this move as a "dark day" for press freedom, highlighting the perceived overreach by the Israeli authorities. However, there are substantial reasons behind Israel’s decision to halt the network’s activities within its borders, one of the most compelling being that some Al Jazeera journalists reporting on Israel’s conflict with Gaza were themselves involved in terrorist activities.

 

One such individual is Muhammad Washah, whom Al Jazeera presented as a dedicated journalist merely reporting the truth. Unfortunately for the network, Washah is also a senior commander in Hamas. His involvement with Hamas is extensive; he used to be in the group’s anti-tank missile unit and has been in charge of research and development for aerial weapons, known commonly as rockets, since 2022. This dual role allowed him to both create weapons aimed at Israel and report on the resultant destruction from the Israeli retaliations, painting a one-sided narrative that omits his involvement in the conflict.

 

This duplicity was revealed when IDF soldiers in Gaza managed to obtain Washah’s laptop, which provided evidence of his true loyalties. This discovery highlights a significant conflict of interest and raises questions about the integrity of the reports coming from such journalists.

 

Similar issues arose with two Al Jazeera "journalists" who were killed in an airstrike in Rafah in January. Hamza Wael Dahdouh, the son of Al Jazeera’s Gaza correspondent Wael Al-Dahdouh, was in a vehicle with a Hamas drone operator targeting Israeli soldiers when they were hit. Wael Dahdouh was not just a journalist; he was actively involved in Palestinian Islamic Jihad, participating in attacks against Israel. The network’s narrative of them being innocent journalists targeted by Israeli aggression fails to acknowledge their direct involvement in terrorist activities.

 

Another Al Jazeera journalist, Ismail Abu Omar, was reported by the network as being badly injured in Khan Yunis in February. Al Jazeera claimed he had been "deliberately targeted" as part of a broader pattern of intimidation against their journalists. However, it turned out that Abu Omar was not just a correspondent but also the deputy commander of Hamas’ Eastern battalion in Khan Yunis. His involvement in the October 7 terrorist attack on Israel, where he praised the massacres and boasted about the atrocities, further discredits the image of him as merely a journalist.

 

One of the most shocking revelations came earlier this month when the Israeli army rescued four hostages from homes in Gaza. One of the captors, Abdallah Aljamal, was found to be an Al Jazeera contributor. While writing articles about the humanitarian suffering in Gaza, he was simultaneously holding and torturing Israeli hostages in his home. This dual role of reporting and participating in terrorist activities is a new low even by Al Jazeera’s controversial standards.

 

These instances illustrate a disturbing pattern where individuals associated with Al Jazeera are found to have significant ties to terrorist organizations, thus raising questions about the network’s credibility and the true nature of its operations. This is not a new issue for Al Jazeera, as its ties to Qatar, a state accused of supporting various extremist groups, have long been scrutinized. The network's ability to operate with these alleged connections while maintaining a facade of journalistic integrity is troubling.

 

In a debate in Toronto, Al Jazeera contributor Mehdi Hasan, known for his extreme views, defended the network against accusations related to its coverage of the conflict. Despite working for a network funded by Qatar, an actual apartheid state where a small number of citizens are served by a large class of foreign workers with no human rights, Hasan criticized Israel and those questioning Al Jazeera's integrity. The network’s close ties with Hamas, whose leaders reside in Doha, Qatar, further complicate its position as a credible news source.

 

Hasan’s return to Al Jazeera after being let go by MSNBC, which cited his increasingly extreme views, underscores the challenges in balancing journalistic freedom with accountability. His defense of Al Jazeera amidst these serious allegations raises important questions about media ethics and the role of journalists in conflict zones.

 

The Washington Post's portrayal of Israel's shutdown of Al Jazeera as an attack on press freedom ignores the substantial evidence linking the network’s staff to terrorist activities. The presence of six former Al Jazeera journalists on the Post's foreign desk may explain the newspaper's biased coverage. This situation exemplifies how media organizations can become complicit in perpetuating biased narratives, further complicating the public's understanding of complex geopolitical issues.

 

In conclusion, the allegations against Al Jazeera and its ties to terrorist organizations are serious and warrant thorough investigation. The network’s ability to operate with these connections while presenting itself as a credible news source is troubling and highlights the need for greater scrutiny of media organizations and their affiliations. As the debate over media integrity and national security continues, it is crucial to hold all news outlets accountable for their actions and the roles their employees play in conflicts around the world.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Social Media said:

In a debate in Toronto, Al Jazeera contributor Mehdi Hasan, known for his extreme views,

Here is that debate and a  few mike drop moments with Murray ripping Hehdi apart.....:clap2:

 

 

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1 minute ago, Bkk Brian said:

Maybe try following the link and all will be revealed

yes , right .

Got it .

How can we get a lasting peace ?

Territorial Concessions will have to be made ?

 

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6 hours ago, Social Media said:

Recent revelations have brought to light instances where individuals working as journalists for Al Jazeera were found to be affiliated with terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

 

They used to call that investigative reporting,.  But we can't have none of that...

 

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1 hour ago, spidermike007 said:

Some camps will do anything to prevent an alternative point of view from being heard. Israel is very undemocratic, in that regard. The US too, to a lesser extent. 

 

Of course they are pro Muslim. Nothing wrong with that. Most other outlets are pro Western. 

Why bring Muslims into it. Who has been criticizing Al Jazeera for being Muslim? Strawman special from you

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I would trust Al Jazeera reporting about as much as I'd trust Fox News. 

Qatar plays fast and loose on both sides of the fence.
Yes, they are a "US Ally" and host a large US Military contingent - which also keeps them safe from attack.

Remember when a small group of "rebels" started an uprising against Assad in Syria ? The "West" initially supported them - until they found out that the majority of the rebels were actually members of different terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda, Al Nusra and other hard-core fundamentalists.

Qatar continued to support them.

It created a lot of controversy at the time because factions like Turkey and Qatar were supporting the terrorists while being "allies" of the US (and others) who were opposed to those same terrorists. (And lol - it seems the "Syrian" rebels - initially - were actually part of a CIA attempt to overthrow Assad - because he'd rejected a proposed "Saudi-Qatar" oil pipeline that would have gone from Saudi Arabia, through Jordan and Syria and into Turkey.)

Qatar (and Al Jazeera) have also supported the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood (and it's various chapters) for decades (financially and politically).
Note that after the "Arab Spring" and the Muslim Brotherhood's ouster in Egypt in 2013, Saudi Arabia and a number of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council which includes the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait) cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Except Qatar of course. 

(Note that Qatar supported the Arab Spring uprisings, including the ones in Libya (which was also about oil) and Syria. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and other "US Allies" brutally suppressed those uprisings in their own countries).

Qatar also supports Hamas financially and politically and then has the ****s to say: "the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, said "We support all Palestinian people. We believe Hamas is a very important part of the Palestinian people." The Emir told CNN, "We don't fund extremists."
Note: "More money flows from Qatar to Hamas than any other country."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qatar_and_state-sponsored_terrorism )

I see when reading up on the conflict in Yemen that Qatar initially opposed the Houthi (Iranian backed Shi-ite rebels) but changed their stance. Seems they've been at odds with their fellow countries and even had relations with them suspended on numerous occasions over their (and Al Jazeera's) actions.
"Saudi Arabia and other countries have criticized Al Jazeera and Qatar's relations with Iran. Qatar explained that it had provided assistance to some opposition groups, including Islamist groups (such as the Muslim Brotherhood)."

Qatar also tried to claim that "Al Jazeera" had been "hacked" at one point when they published an article praising Iran as a "stabilizing force" at the same time Iran was backing the Houthi rebels as well as Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists (and Assad in Syria of course).

Qatar also hosted Taliban delegations and Doha, the capital of Qatar, was where the US surrendered to the Taliban when Trump's gov't agreed to stop attacking the Taliban and pull out of Afghanistan in what is now known as the "Doha Agreement".

Qatar has been accused to allowing numerous "terrorist financiers" to live openly and freely in Qatar despite being on terrorist watch lists in many other countries.

Qatar simply shrugs it's shoulder's and claims they don't recognize many of those organizations as being "terrorist". It seems in 2014 Qatar's "Terrorist Watchlist" had exactly - zero names on it.

And if you recall when the current Gaza crisis started - just after Hamas attacked Israel and murdered over 1,200 people - reporters showed a number of people wearing blue body armour with "Press" badges trying to shoo other reporters away from certain houses and even hospitals.
Those "other" reporters weren't reporting or recording anything but were really concerned about legitimate press taking pics/videos of them.

Why ? Because they weren't actually "Press". They were wearing the same gear that real reporters wore to act as "human shields" to protect Hamas Safe Houses and weapons caches (and to try and keep the real press from seeing Hamas fighters entering/leaving the hospitals they had lied about having tunnels and bunkers hidden under).

Some were flat out Hamas fighters/supports and some probably claimed to be "freelance Al Jazeera" reporters when it's convenient (or expedient).

Hamas knew that Israel would be reluctant to attack any target that had reporters close by because of the fallout they'd get if they killed any (real) journalists.
Hamas has routinely used human shields to protect it's rocket launchers whenever they attack Israel. A favoured tactic of Hamas for decades is to set up rocket launchers on top of hospitals, apartment buildings and in school yards.

Because they want Israel to retaliate after they've fired rockets at them and they are hoping Israel will bomb those launchers and end up killing lots of innocent civilians so Hamas can parade them in front of the cameras to score sympathy and Public Relations brownie points.

Al Jazeera also uses "reporters" to write propaganda anti-gov't articles in places they want to stir up dissent. Like after the military overthrew the corrupt Muslim Brotherhood gov't in Egypt less than a year after they took power.
They had "Egyptian" correspondents writing anti-gov't propaganda and when those reporters were arrested - they whipped out their (Canadian or other country) passports and cried to their "new" countries to save them.

(One of them was an Egyptian immigrant to Canada who, once he had his magic "get out of foreign jail free" passport, returned to his native Egypt to work for Al Jazeera. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison for writing anti-gov't propaganda articles for Al Jazeera and, naturally, whipped out his shiny new Canadian passport and begged Canada to save him. He even offered to renounce his Egyptian citizenship. So Egypt accepted and deported him to Canada where, no surprise, he started slamming the gov't that helped free him and announced he'd immediately be trying to reclaim his Egyptian citizenship.)

And you see it in the news and in movies - people wearing "press" can often get into places others can't - especially if they know the people at the gates.
Good way to move people, weapons and ammo around. Especially if one side are "good guys" who don't want to do anything that might result in "bad press" and the other side don't give a c-rap about the rules. 




 

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5 hours ago, simple1 said:

 

The owners of Al Jazeera, Qatar, is a major US ally. You are referring to  opinion pieces, not news reporting. Below is an example of an Al Jazeera opinion piece. which you may find interesting.

 

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2023/12/3/what-tunnels-and-hostages-mean-in-gaza

Some ally. They are harboring Hamas leaders.

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6 hours ago, koolkarl said:

Some ally. They are harboring Hamas leaders.

You obv don't understand the complexities of this ongoing conflict. 

 

The US had diplomatic ties with Menachem Begin, a leader of Irgun, and who became the PM of Israel.  

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These accusations against Al Jazeera stem from political bias and attempts to discredit the network due to its critical coverage of certain governments, including Israel.  

Al Jazeera has editorial standards and protocols in place to ensure the integrity and impartiality of its reporting.

The shutting down of Al Jazeera's operations in Israel by the Israeli government raises significant concerns about press freedom. The Washington Post's description of this event as a "dark day" for press freedom underscores the broader implications of silencing a major news outlet.

Al Jazeera's extensive coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict provides valuable perspectives that are underrepresented in Western media. It is essential to have diverse viewpoints for a more comprehensive understanding of complex international issues.

The allegations against Muhammad Washah, as reported, should be subject to due process and thorough investigation. It is important to rely on verified and credible evidence before making sweeping claims about an individual’s involvement in terrorist activities. The role of the media is to report facts accurately and objectively, and any deviation from this standard should be addressed transparently and fairly.

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2 minutes ago, Neeranam said:

These accusations against Al Jazeera stem from political bias and attempts to discredit the network due to its critical coverage of certain governments, including Israel.  

Al Jazeera has editorial standards and protocols in place to ensure the integrity and impartiality of its reporting.

The shutting down of Al Jazeera's operations in Israel by the Israeli government raises significant concerns about press freedom. The Washington Post's description of this event as a "dark day" for press freedom underscores the broader implications of silencing a major news outlet.

Al Jazeera's extensive coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict provides valuable perspectives that are underrepresented in Western media. It is essential to have diverse viewpoints for a more comprehensive understanding of complex international issues.

The allegations against Muhammad Washah, as reported, should be subject to due process and thorough investigation. It is important to rely on verified and credible evidence before making sweeping claims about an individual’s involvement in terrorist activities. The role of the media is to report facts accurately and objectively, and any deviation from this standard should be addressed transparently and fairly.

Actually its anti terrorist bias :thumbsup:

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4 minutes ago, Neeranam said:

These accusations against Al Jazeera stem from political bias and attempts to discredit the network due to its critical coverage of certain governments, including Israel.  

Indeed! another case of de-humanizing. this time its Al Jazeera

out of everything I can only begin my day news with them, they do have much higher standards, while some channels turn into complete ____________ : France24, Euronews, CNN, DW, BBC and even Fox

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10 minutes ago, Neeranam said:

  

Al Jazeera has editorial standards and protocols in place to ensure the integrity and impartiality of its reporting.

 

 

   Al Jazeera reported that Israel had bombed a Gaza hospital, even though Al-Jazeera has live streamed Hamas firing rockets from Gaza into Israel and one of those rockets misfiring and landing on a  hospital . Al-Jazeera still reported it as being an Israeli missile , even though it was a Hamas rocket misfiring.....................not to mention the supposedly 500 dead people in the "Israeli missile attack on a hospital" .

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10 hours ago, NativeBob said:

Indeed! another case of de-humanizing. this time its Al Jazeera

out of everything I can only begin my day news with them, they do have much higher standards, while some channels turn into complete ____________ : France24, Euronews, CNN, DW, BBC and even Fox

yea who's this lovely chap who was holding 3 of the Israeli hostages in his house

 

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Al Jazeera mouth piece Mehdi getting owned again by Murray.

 

Mehdi: Your very bothered by Qatar and funding Hamas

Murray: They're your bosses, your literally paid by them.

 

:cheesy:

 

 

 

 

 

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On 6/22/2024 at 8:09 PM, Neeranam said:

You obv don't understand the complexities of this ongoing conflict. 

 

The US had diplomatic ties with Menachem Begin, a leader of Irgun, and who became the PM of Israel.  

Everyone who had diplomatic ties to Israel had "diplomatic ties with Menachem Begin."  To quote a Jew hater I've seen online:  You obv don't understand the complexities of this ongoing conflict.

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1 hour ago, ChicagoExpat said:

Everyone who had diplomatic ties to Israel had "diplomatic ties with Menachem Begin."  To quote a Jew hater I've seen online:  You obv don't understand the complexities of this ongoing conflict.

How is understanding the conflict anything do do with hating Jews? 

I hope you don't have a persecution complex because what you write suggests it. 

 

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