One of the important sites Israel took out in Gaza yesterday was the Jala Tower in Gaza, which was a major Hamas base with intelligence assets, communications and missile controls. The same building also also housed the Associated Press, Al Jazeera, and other international news outlets…if you want to call them that.
Anyone familiar with the AP knows that they have been seriously biased against Israel almost since it’s birth.Ditto for most of the other media outlets who were in theTower.
the Associated Press and the other media denied that the building was being used by terrorists, and the AP and other international news outlets accused Israel of trying to stop the press from covering what was going on in Gaza.
Actually, the AP has operated from the Jala Tower for 15 years, including through
three previous wars between Israel and Hamas. During those conflicts as well as the current one, the APs used cameras from its top floor office and roof terrace to offer 24-hour live shots as ‘militants’ rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city and its surroundings.
“We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the
building,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement. “This is something we actively check to the best of our ability. We would never knowingly put our journalists at risk.”
Really, Mr. Pruitt? Puh-leese! You have been using the building for 15 years and covering other attacks on Israel from Hamas and you weren’t aware theywere using it, even though you took pictures of them launching rockets from the building?
A former AP reporter wrote about Hamas operations and rocket launches from the tower “right beside their office” back in 2014.And I myself have seen such photos and videos….from the AP
So why would the AP or any of the other outlets, all of whom like Al Jazeera are very anti Israel choose to use as a nest a building they KNEW was a Hamas strong point? Hmmm?
Here’s why. They knew very well that the tower was an important Hamas outpost, but also figured that if Israel knew the press was there, they would probably avoid attacking it.
In other words, they were willing human shields for Hamas. Which of course is material aid to terrorists,
As for Israel, they were able to provide smoking gun evidence to US intelligence that not only was Hamas operating from the Jala Towers, but that the press was fully aware of this.
According to Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi “We showed them the smoking gun ebeidence proving Hamas worked out of that building, I understand they found the explanation satisfactory.”
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com, Yediot and other publications.
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