The Newseum announced last week that it would honor two slain cameramen for Al-Aqsa Television, which is funded by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, by including them in its Journalists Memorial. The cameramen, Hussam Salama and Mahmoud al-Kumi, were killed in an Israeli air strike.
After more than a day of criticism, the Newseum pointed out that it isn’t alone in ruling the men “journalists,” and argued that the “Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers all consider these men journalists killed in the line duty.”
Their critics, meanwhile, pointed out that the Department of Treasury has labeled Al-Aqsa Television itself a terror group, and that the channel’s propaganda function includes advocating suicide bombings.
And two heavyweight Jewish groups joined the chorus of criticism Sunday.
The Anti-Defamation League released a statement expressing “shock and outrage at the decision by the Newseum to proceed with honoring two members of the Hamas terrorist propaganda television operation Al-Aqsa TV as part of its ongoing memorial to journalists.”