The world is up in arms over the killing of freelance journalists Hamza Al Dahdouh and Mustafa Thuraya, in an apparent targeted attack by the IDF in southern Gaza on Sunday. We have been roundly condemned by all and sundry, and the International Press Institute has demanded “full accountability” for their killing, calling on “authorities to open an immediate, credible, and independent investigation and hold the IDF accountable for this egregious and unacceptable attack on the press.”
Even US Secretary of State Antony Blinken weighed in:
“I am deeply, deeply sorry for the almost unimaginable loss suffered by your colleague, Wael Dahdouh. I am a parent myself, I can’t begin to imagine the horror that he has experienced, not once, but now twice.”
“This is an unimaginable tragedy.”
And ABC News reports on Dahdouh’s grief:
Al Jazeera journalist Wael Al-Dahdouh, who is a bureau chief in Gaza, is mourning the death of another family member who was killed in an apparent Israeli airstrike but he has already returned to work in a vow to continue covering the Israel-Hamas war.
Hamzah Al-Dahdouh, Wael’s 27-year-old son, was working as a freelance journalist, driving in Gaza and using a drone to capture footage, when his vehicle was hit by an Israeli airstrike on Jan. 7, according to officials.
Wael buried his son and returned to work one day later.
“Hamzah was all mine, he was my breath, and he was my soul..”
Well, he may have been his soul, but he was also a Hamashole.
Confirmed: journalists Hamza al-Dahdouh and Mustafa Thuria were members of Gaza-based terrorist organizations.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 10, 2024
On Jan 7, an IAF aircraft directed by troops targeted the operators of a drone, posing a threat to our soldiers near Rafah. The operators were later identified as… pic.twitter.com/JeYWwhJk9j
This is the official proof, but the signs were there even before:
It's worth noting that Hamza's father, Al Jazeera's Gaza bureau chief, Wael al-Dahdouh, is deeply tied to Hamas. Like father like son?https://t.co/ZWmHfQAkFU— Eitan Fischberger (@EFischberger) January 7, 2024
And a post from May 2021, during a mini-war between Israel and Hamas, when Hamza posted "Gaza is victorious" and a video of people cheering with Hamas flags. pic.twitter.com/wrht78QB7s— Eitan Fischberger (@EFischberger) January 7, 2024
"So what, everyone who was born on October 7 is a Hamas terrorist?"— Eitan Fischberger (@EFischberger) January 7, 2024
I'm aware his birthday is July 10, not October 7. We use the DD-MM-YYYY format in Israel too.
I'm simply highlighting the irony that upon beginning to look into the guy for this thread, the very… pic.twitter.com/YRxN2hBLq0
BREAKING: OMG he may have actually changed his birth date on Instagram to 10/7 in solidarity with the Hamas massacre. His birthday is July 7 according to Al Jazeera 😆 pic.twitter.com/lxM5HUfI3E— Eitan Fischberger (@EFischberger) January 8, 2024
Meanwhile, we are seeing more examples of so-called journalists collaborating with Hamas terrorists, if not terrorist operatives themselves.
My friend Richard Landes coined the phrase “lethal journalism”, which means:
A pattern of journalistic activity whereby, wittingly or unwittingly, information professionals introduce lethal narratives into the public as news, as factual accounts of what happened.
But the “journalism” we are seeing here is even more lethal.