Al Jazeera Journo Admits Being Hamas OperativeSeptember 26, 2011 22:58 by Pesach Benson
Samer Allawi, an Al-Jazeera journalist admits he was a Hamas operative.
During an investigation with The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Allawi said he was recruited to Hamas in 1993 and he served there until 2004 in a senior committee that oversees Hamas operations abroad and is responsible for fundraising.
In 2001 and 2003 he traveled to Syria where he reported on his activities to Mousa Aba Marzook, deputy to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Damascus . . .
During the interrogation with The Shin Bet, Allawi said he attended a meeting in 2000 in Saudi Arabia in which he said he would be part of a terror operation on behalf of Hamas. He also offered to use his position as a reporter to promote Hamas interests.
In 2006, Allawi traveled to Qatar and met with additional Al Jazeera reporters, who The Shin Bet said were Hamas operatives, and discussed the possibility of using their position to advance Hamas by critizing the US military in Afghanistan.
Why should this be shocking? Fayad Abu Shamala, a BBC employee, was outed as a Hamas member when he helped secure the release of kidnapped colleague Alan Johnston. I’m sure there are more Hamas-affiliated reporters we don’t know about — yet.
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