The names of two terrorists currently "remain" on the Newseum's "Memorial Wall," a letter written by the chief executive officer of the Newseum confirms. The letter is addressed to Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and signed by CEO James C. Duff.
"Dear Mr. David," the letter reads. "Thank you for your letters of May 14th and May 21st. The names of the two journalists in question remain on our Memorial Wall. They have not been 'removed'. We have stated, however, that we intend to re-evaluate whether they were journalists for purposes of our Memorial. I appreciate your concerns."
Here's a copy of the letter, which was obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD:
The "journalists" Duff refers to in this letter are in fact terrorists. They are Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, who the Newseum previously identified as being members of Al-Aqsa:
"Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama were Hamas operatives and cameramen for Hamas’ Al-Aqsa television network, which regularly features programming that encourages and praises attacks on Israeli civilians. The IDF targeted Al-Kumi and Salama on Nov. 20," the Israel Defense Forces has written about these two terrorists (as previously noted here).
"Palestinian media reported that the two men were indeed Hamas operatives."
Faced with serious accusations of Al-Aqsa TV’s connections to terrorism, the head of the network, Mohammad Thouraya, denied that Al-Aqsa was the voice of Hamas — a hard fact to deny, since the channel is financed and controlled by Hamas — but he did admit that his employees were “all part of the resistance.”
Being “part of the resistance”, in other words, could mean that those carrying a camera during the day could be carrying rockets at night.
Last month the Newseum announced that it would honor these men, but seemed to pull back after an onslaught of criticism. This letter suggests the Newseum might in fact leave the names of terrorists on its "Memorial Wall."