Huffington Post: Shill for Hamas Terrorists

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


HuffPost Live host/producer Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is not the only Huffington Post employee pushing anti-Israel propaganda for the leftist website founded seven years ago by Arianna Huffington. On the other side of the Atlantic, Mehdi Hasan, the political director of the Huffington Post UK, is apparently up to the task as well. A day after Israel finally decided to respond to a barrage of Palestinian rocket attacks, Hasan published a screed titled “Ten Things You Need to Know About Gaza.” It is easily debunked with facts, courtesy of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

He begins by referring to Gaza as a prison camp. If Gaza is a prison camp, it is one of the Palestinians’ own making. Israel unilaterally ceded Gaza to the Palestinians in 2005, ousting thousands of Jewish settlers in the process. Both Hamas and Fatah initially took control of the territory. Hamas won a plurality of the vote in the 2006 legislative council elections, and proceeded to oust Fatah in a bloody civil war, assuming total control of Gaza in 2007.

Hasan then claims conflicts between Israel and Hamas are “unfair” because in both the current defensive operation, Pillar of Defense, and Operation Cast Lead, preformed in 2008, there were greater numbers of casualties on the Palestinian side. One is left to wonder whether he prefers more dead Israelis to “even things out,” or merely chooses to ignore the inconvenient reality that Hamas has both a penchant for placing its military components near civilians, as this map reveals, and using the resultant “collateral damage” to gin up international outrage.

Hasan then appeals to the idea that Gazans have suffered “collective punishment” for electing Hamas, for instance, through the Gaza blockade that Israel enforces. Hamas is a designated terrorist organization whose charter of existence calls for the annihilation of the Jewish State. Ergo, elections have consequences. Furthermore, the United Nations’ Palmer Report affirmed the legality of the blockade. “Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza. The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law,” the report reads.

Hasan also claims Israel is essentially starving Palestinians, putting them on a subsistence diet. Reality is far different. Israel trucks tons of food into Gaza on a weekly basis, and has continued to do so, even in the midst of the current escalation, the previous escalation, and the ongoing missile bombardment that now totals more than 12,000 rockets and mortars since 2005.  As for Hasan’s additional claims that Gazan children are malnourished and have stunted growth, CAMERA reveals they are healthier than their counterparts in Egypt.

He then laments the unemployment rate in Gaza, which is 28 percent in general, and 58 percent among people aged between 20 and 24. Putting aside the fact that those numbers are on a par with Spain and Greece, the unemployment rate in Arab nations as a whole is the highest in the world.

Hasan bemoans the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) that afflicts one in five Gazan children. The rate of PSTD is twice as high among Israeli children, who have endured ongoing bombardment every day of the year. Furthermore, there is no question that if Hamas stopped trying to annihilate Israel, all bombing would cease.

Aside from this exaggeration, Hasan also descends into outright deceit in his reporting. He makes the ridiculous assertion that the escalation of violence this week was prompted by Israeli’s assassination-by-drone of Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jabari, who was “a subcontractor, in charge of maintaining Israel’s security in Gaza,” and “Israel’s partner in the negotiations for the release of Gilad Shalit.” In fact, Al-Jabari helped plan the operation during which Shalit was kidnapped and two other Israeli soldier were killed. He also participated in terrorist attacks during the second Intifada that killed hundreds of Israelis. And once again, Hasan ignores the real reason for the current crisis: the  unrelenting bombardment by Hamas over the last eight years.

He then bewails the poverty rate of Palestinians, noting that 80 percent receive public assistance and 39 percent live below the poverty line. CAMERA notes that Gaza is far from impoverished, with more than 600 millionaires in a population of 1.5 million and the existence of shopping centers and private resorts built in recent years.

Finally Hasan revisits the Palestinian “refugee” status, referring to the establishment of Israel as “ethnic cleansing,” further claiming (exactly like Hamas) that even a two-state solution will not deliver justice to people who have been refugees as far back as 1948. As CAMERA notes, Palestinian refugee status is unique. It is maintained even when a “refugee” settles in another country. Moreover, it can be passed down from generation to generation. They further note that when Israel was established, 850,000 Jews were driven out of their homes in Arab countries.

As for charges of ethnic cleansing, prior to the 1947 partition, Abdul Rahman Azzam, the Arab League’s first secretary-general, promised that the establishment of a Jewish state would lead to “a war of extermination and momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacre and the Crusades.” Arabs have attempted to make good on that promise on several occasions, from the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Six-Day War in 1967, and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, to the First and Second Intifadas, the 2006 Lebanon War, and the last two operations, the Gaza War in 2008 and the current one, prosecuted to stop the ongoing, and indiscriminate, firing of missiles into Israel.

For Mehdi Hasan, however, this history simply does not exist.

Hasan’s outrageous work at the Huffington Post makes more sense when considering his background. Hasan is a former imam who believes that non-Muslims “live their lives like animals, bending any rule to fill any desire.” He is also convinced that Iran isn’t developing nuclear weapons, and likens the opposing viewpoint to “sweeping, fact-free, propagandistic claims from the Israeli foreign minister or someone like Newt Gingrich or even Melanie Phillips.” Some of those “propagandistic” claims were also made four days ago by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which reported that “Iran has now installed all of the nearly 2,800 centrifuges it will use to enrich uranium at the Fordow plant,” and “has increased its stockpile of both 5% and 20% enriched uranium, which can more readily be converted to a weapons grade level.”

The Huffington Post can employ anyone it chooses. That it chooses to elevate a former imam who is an apologist for terrorist perpetrators such as Hamas and Iran, and who believes all non-Muslims are animals is quite telling. In 2005, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda’d second-in-command, said, “We are in a battle, and more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media.” The Huffington Post is happily assisting Al Qaeda’s Islamist brethren in winning the better part of their struggle. If hostilities continue in the coming weeks, one can only expect more of the same from one of the most influential online news sources in the world.

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  • Anamah

    These are the ticks on the rat.

  • Mary Sue

    "Inclusiveness" at the huffing and puffington post is going to be their downfall.

  • Frank Nitti

    and frontpage is the bastion for fair, unbiased reporting – LMFAO – this site is a joke and you'd have to be a dunce to believe anything here.

    • Stern

      so okay, let's see some of your "facts". If you think this is all just a "joke", prove it. Otherwise you've wasted your time even bothering to post here.

    • Dennis

      Prove a man against his will and he will remain of the same opinion still.

    • Mary Sue

      and the mainstream media IS? Don't make me laugh, nittipicker.

    • John Crawford

      Why not reply with facts and figures, if you believe yourself to be correct??
      Semper fi

  • Eduardo

    Congratulations to Front Page Magazine for justice and contrasting information in the mainstream media lying and dominated by virulante leftism. Challenge an Arabic newspaper to give freedom to your readers to make baseless comments like the above. FPM is tolerance!
    This work represents what America does best: Friend of democracy and the rule of law and tough and uncompromising with Islamic fascism and nazicomunismo.
    God bless you!

  • Anthony

    My sources tell me Arrianna hasn’t been rational since she found out her ex-husband was a closeted homosexual all during the time she was his wife. Who can blame him? Imagine being married to such a droning, vacuous plain-Jane would drive any man to excess.

    • kafir4life

      Look at that face. I suspect that the puff ho's husband thought it was a man before they got married. That is one butt ugly chimp!!

      • Questions

        Arianna actually was good-looking — with a hot body to boot — back in the day. I met her once, at a National Review function about 20 years ago. It's too bad her politics changed for the worse as well.

        • Mary Sue

          i have to wonder why she went all bats___ like that. Of course, nobody's heard of Michael Huffington for ages now. Maybe the divorce broke her brane?

  • pierce

    Who, in their right mind, reads the Huffington Post? I do not, and I would not. There are more lies, and propaganda spewed forth than are worth the paper they are printed on. It is criminal what has been allowed to happen in journalism as a whole. No wonder journalism is in trouble, witness the apparent demise of the NYT, and many other papers. Will they recover, I don't think so.
    Arianna, for once in your life do something worthwhile, donate some of your millions to feed the poor this Thanksgiving, you don't need it.

    • Mary Sue

      to libs, it is part of this complete breakfast.

    • Questions

      Look, there are bad articles in Huffpo, but occasionally there are very good ones, too. And like it or not, it's got a huge audience. That's why AOL paid $315 million to acquire it.

  • http://frontpage richard sherman

    Did you say The Huffington Post or Der Sturmer? Is there a difference? Let me know if you find one…

  • Mike

    She hasn't been the same since that house fell on her!

  • victor

    Gaza borders Egypt, so why don't the Egyptians open up their borders to Gaza so they won't be in a "prison Camp". They have access to everything so long as they are not acquiring weapons to harm Israelis, which they are sworn to do. Why do they need access to Israeli territory, what would be the purpose ? Obviously by today's bus explosion in Israel directly targeting civilians, no one in their right mind would allow them access much less freedom of movement as they please. If they show an inclination to respecting civilians and human lives, may be, but they have always shown that they not only have disdain for Israeli and Jewish lives, but by placing their own people in harm's way, particularly children and women, they prove over and over again that they are not to be trusted and that they are the scum of the earth and parasites of society. Even their Arab neighbors do not trust them, regardless of what they say publically. They are only allowed in their midst after serious scrutini and for a short period of time.

  • itsy_bitsy

    It always amazes me when some idiot liberal stands for a cause that, if brought to fruition, would very likely bring about their own demise!

    • Zionista

      makes me think of a group called "queers for palestine" – useful idiots all of them

      • Mary Sue

        "Queers for Palestine" is sort of like "Chickens for Colonel Sanders".

      • Mary Sue

        Or even better, it's like "African Americans for the KKK"

  • Steve Chavez

    DON'T FORGET THE "AUDACITY OF HOPE" flotilla ship directed by members of the Communist Party USA and Code Pink that was to aid Gaza and Hamas, a terrorist group.

    The MEDIA TOO is trying to legitimize HAMAS as saying its "LEADERS HAVE PH'DS SO THEY'RE NOT CRAZY FANATICS."

    THE HUFFINGTON POST is full of COMMUNIST PARTY USA and terrorist supports and that includes members of Congress. It is this machine that puts out lies after lies that is never questioned.

    Why is the Communist Party USA role never a part of public discussion and analysis? What is their role against Israel and just about every policy here in the U.S.?

    The "AUDACITY OF HOPE" was stopped in Greece so Medea Benjamin, and other Communists, went to Athens to join in the Greek protests. The CPUSA officially declared "Solidarity with the Greek Communist Party" two years ago and it is the GREEK COMMUNIST PARTY THAT IS LEADING THE PROTESTS!

  • RLande

    The Huffington Post should be printed on very soft paper so it could serve a useful purpose. :)

    • kasandra

      Agreed, but let's not forget that the Huffington Post was purchased by AOL (for, if I recall, $350 million) and that AOL is a Time Warner Company. Time Warner is a media giant that owns HBO (maker of movies that consistently portray the Republicans as villains), Turner Broadcasting Systems (owner of CNN), Warner Brothers, numerous cable systems and other media interests worldwide. I'm sure Huffington Post is only doing its master's bidding.

  • marios

    Leftists are natural Islamo-Nazists accomplices and hope they will ended together as Nurnberg process fascists leaders in 1946. Controlled by Leftists/liberals corrupted, biased MSM is equally responsible for Islamo-Nazists Jihad and violation against Humanity as Jihadists themselves. The same they are responsible for nowaday anti-Semitism in rise. Islamists prophet Mohammed said "war is deception" and they use lie as their main weapon. The same are doing Leftists. Islamists want proportion but they themselves set up proportion demanding for one Jew (alive hostage or even dead one) 1000 or more Arabs. So unfortunately Israel is not use that proportion in defensive operation against Islamo-Nazists in Gaza. Moreover Islamo-Nazists shielded themselves by Arabs kids and women and celebrate their death as it is double benefit for them: their own survival and using civilians as propaganda for gullible or just stupid. Israel destiny is USA destiny and all Western civilization destiny. Stand for Israel!!!

    • malicious12

      Islamo-Nazists, as call them, and Zionist are one and the same. That's why they don't get along because "like Poles repel". The U.S. and Europe should stay away and let them both have it the Hockey way. let Iran send some missles to israel and Israel then reciprocates, then the world gets rid of both countires and their ancient grudge, The U.S. and Western Europe will live happly ever after. By, the way the West existed long before 1948, so it is arrogant and also stupid to say that the U.S. is tied to any country's destiny.

      • Andy Lewis

        Ron P:aul, is that you?

    • Ghostwriter

      You're a slug,malicious12. Your screenname is perfect for you. Yet another anti-semite come out from the ooze to spread more Jew hatred.

  • Jim_C

    HuffPo is one of my daily stops, along with this site, and while it is a very good repository of opinion and news, and has offered some token balance for the Israeli position, I'd agree it's slant has been disappointing and dunderheaded. Were some children killed? Yes, tragically, that's what happens when your leadership decides to unleash rockets on its neighbor's children!

    • Drakken

      Balance? Are you effing kidding me? There is no moral equivilance between Israel, a western democracy, and hamas/hezbollah/muslim brotherhood, muslim terrorist organizations. There will never ever be peace between them unless these muslim organizations are eliminated. So please continue to sing kumbaya and use wishful thinking in your overall view of how things work in the middle east.

      • Jim_C

        Once again, reading comprehension eludes you.

        Do you read Huffington Post on a regular basis? Are you familiar with it's content? Have you, at all, apprehended what I'm saying about it, here?

        • Drakken

          I read huffpo all the time, I walk away everytime in need of a shower, completely wrong conclusions, wishful thinking, socialism on steroids, anti-white propaganda, anti-religious unless it is islam, enviro-whackos, anti-business, anti-western, self loathing and self hatred against us in the west, and absolute dripping hatred of anything conservative. So yes I do read huffpo,

    • Mary Sue

      Part of This Complete Breakfast™?

  • κατεργάζομαι

    ."The land of Israel belongs to God, and He has decided to give it to the Jewish nation,
    in accordance with the covenant sealed on Mount Sinai, a covenant that no other nation
    was willing to undertake.

    "After a long exile, we've returned home."

    " We bear no malice toward anyone and seek no harm to anyone. But we will not surrender any portion of our land to foreign powers, and if foreigners rise up against us to destroy us, we will fight against them and, with God's help, we will destroy them."
    ~ Martin Wasserman

    amen.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    ~ Arianna Huffington's digital appearence would be greatly enhanced by a burqua.

    BTW: MS HUFFY Media Strumpet, The term "Palestine" came from the name that the conquering Roman Empire gave the ancient Land of Israel in an attempt to obliterate and de-legitimize the Jewish presence in the Holy Land.

    The name "Palestine" was invented in the year 135 C.E. Before it was known as Judea, which was the southern kingdom of ancient Israel.

    • JacksonPearson

      Arianna Huff-N-Puff is a class act dhimmi. She'd sell her ass or soul for thirty pieces of silver.

    • Glennd1

      How about a little more truth? It's also the same word as Philistine from biblical times as well. Something folks who strut about quoting abstruse details of Jewish history don't often bring up is the time of Jewish ascendancy in Mesopotamia and Babylon. Talmudic rites so perverse and debauched are what gives the term "Philistine" its meaning, and the exit of Jews from their into eastern Europe was a product of the purging of what was widely seen as a hopelessly immoral and corrupt society. Guys like this are a dime a dozen.

      I'll reveal him for he Zionist colonizer and religious supremacist he most surely is with this one question. Hey, what are the proper territorial boundaries of Israel? What is it entitled to, by God? Fyi, for those playing along at home, the likely answer is from the River to the Sea, including the Sinai. This is far beyond any remit envisioned by the British Mandate or the U.N. partition resolution. What many Americans seem unable to grasp is that Zionism is an innately religious supremacist movement. Even though, as the commenter cites himself, the Jews haven't had a state of any sort in Palestine since 135 C.E., they assert their primacy. Even though in 1898 at the launch of Zionism, there were only 25k Jews living in Palestine, a very small minority which was left mostly (not totally) unmolested. Zionism imported 500k Jews in 50 years to the land. It was explicit. And when they deposed 650,000 Arab Muslims of their homes against the U.N. partition agreement, we stood by and did nothing.

      Wake up. You should also be realists. If you folks really understand the significance of Islam historically, and its current arc in the world, you should also understand that it's un-extinguishable by the West. But we can inflame it and provoke it against us. Many of our actions have been incredibly provocative to the Arab and Muslim world. While that does not make us "the bad guys" – it does make it more morally complex. Just for a second consider this. If my moral characterization of the nature of Zionism and its actions is correct, would it no explain a lot about the nature of the resistance we face?

      I mean, I wonder if folks actually ever ask themselves what it might take to make a human being want to blow himself up in an action against an enemy? If you grant them the basic humanity we all share, what you at once realize is that the depth of hopelessness one must feel to do this is hard to imagine. I bet many of them think that a part of their action is that their willingness to die will shock those of us who ignore their fate out of our somnambulant daze, but instead we just use it as more evidence that they are "animals" or "savages". While I do think life is cheaper in their world, I think that if you really think about this view, it explains much of the resistance the U.S. faces in the region.

      Me? I say offer any Jew asylum here who is willing to sign a formal declaration of rejecting Zionism. I wouldn't offer the same to the Palestinians, fyi. Other than that, let them fight it out for their scrap of desert. It matters not one bit to any American on a strategic or moral basis. We should cut all our action there and come home. Without us to unify against as an enemy, they will invariably sink back into primarily internecine conflict. And of course we should fight against Islamism here in an honest way, but we have all the law enforcement and intelligence assets we need to do that already. What's missing is the will. And I think that many who sympathize with Islamists would be much more willing to listen to what the right is saying about Islamism if it took a more fact based approach on Israel.

      Okay, jump in now, call me an anti-semite, an islamist, a leftist – non of which is true at all. I'm a Gary Johnson kind of libertarian, and I actually think we have a role to play in stabilizing the world strategically. I just think we are doing so much that blows back on us. The truth is our influence is far more limited than we think, and I believe we actually weaken it by failing to accomplish so much that we set out to do. Just look at who's really winning in Afghanistan? Why would we not listen to those who cautioned against trying to modernize that country? Or Iraq? Have you folks read about how badly we bungled the occupation? I mean, when you leave a society effectively lawless for months on end, you can't be surprised when other forces rush in? Iran is the big winner from that conflict, they are far more powerful in the region as a consequence.

      But none of this slows you guys down. I feel more and more like the right is playing checkers while the world is playing chess.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    .
    גּוֹלְדָּה מֵאִיר Golda Meir,
    born Golda Mabovitz ( 3 May 1898 — died 8 December 1978)

    QUOTE:

    ~ "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us."

  • Ghostwriter

    This wouldn't have been necessary if the Palestinians were so busy launching rockets into Israel all the time. And,to be honest,I don't read "The Huffington Post" either.

  • http://twitter.com/Kenrick66 @Kenrick66

    I frankly don't give a damn about Israel's "historic" claim to that region. Judaism is just as irrational and ghost- and ancestor-worshipping as Islam. Israel is basically a secular state and the freest in that whole area. It has had to fight for its existence ever since its birth, not only against bloodthirsty, antisemitic Arabs (who, by the way, are also "Semitic," or hasn't anyone noticed?), but against the dhimmi peaceniks among its population and the clueless, pragmatic politicians there who think diplomacy with the barbarian hordes will secure its existence. Netanyahu should send Fatso Clinton packing back to her girlfriend, Abedin, and call Obama and tell him to go suck an egg. We're fighting on. Or is Obama thinking of giving Hamas air support? I wouldn't be surprised. I would be more than he gave Christopher Stevens.

  • JacksonPearson

    IMO. Arianna Huffington's a disgusting leftist, antisemitic opportunist, that will lean whichever way the money flow goes. I'll never support her or her web site.

    • http://twitter.com/PceThruStrength @PceThruStrength

      She already cashed out to AOL (antiIsrael On-Line)

      • JacksonPearson

        She needs to be stuffed up a camel's butt.

  • http://twitter.com/PceThruStrength @PceThruStrength

    Life is so unbearable for some Palestinians that West Bank HS students held a beach party…in Israel. http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-principa

  • Scooter

    HuffPo has always been, always will be, Anti-American.

  • http://darp@reagan.com Asher

    The Left will be in for a rude awakening when the prophecies are fulfilled and their treatment of Israel is judged.
    ~”And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem,”~ Zechariah 12:9
    ~There will be great mourning in Jersualem as in the day of the valley of Megiddo.~ Zechariah 12:10

    ~Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem, and in that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth are gathered against it.~ Zechariah 12:2-3
    Man is doomed because of his arrogance, stupidity, and lack of real knowledge, that is of the world, not of the spirit.

  • Glennd1

    To dismiss the events of '47-'49 in the way the author did, as though the way any real historians characterize the conflict these days is consistent with his comments is simply tragic. Israeli, Jewish, Zionist academics from Benny Morris to Shlomo Ben Ami (foreign minister under Barak) readily acknowledge that Zionism was a premeditated campaign of ethnic cleansing and colonization. Zionists in the first half of the 20th century called it "de-population" or "transfer". The original sin here is from the Zionists and the West, in the form of the U.N.

    Consider just the basic question of legitimacy. The U.N. makes the partition based on British administration of Palestine, as though Britain had somehow acquired legitimate title to these lands and could hand that power to the U.N. for it to dispose of. A basic tenet of international law is that territory cannot be gained by war. The U.N was supposed formed as a post-colonial and post-imperial institution that would bring about a new and just world order. Yet one of its first acts was to create Jewish state on top of an existing people, in a place where Jews hadn't had a state for 2000 years. In the context of other British betrayals like breaking the Sykes-Piccoult agreement and other truly immoral actions, why should any country in the region be expected to grant the U.N.'s actions any legitimacy? Every country in the region opposed the U.N. partition. And never does another country have a legal obligation to recognize another nation, and in this case the Arab and other Muslim states have refused to do so because the moral case I mention above. It's not crazy, and it also doesn't mean that the Islamist agenda is something the U.S. should support. But to just blindly flack for Israel every day, in ignorance of the plain facts is ludicrous. The right needs to read up and study the history, the story here is just out of step with what is known.

    If you accept the truth about the nature of the Zionist campaign, then the Israelis look like invaders, occupiers, ethnic cleansers and terrorists themselves. If you cannot see this, you folks should at least acknowledge that this is what most everyone else on earth who pays attention to this issue sees. And they aren't crazy, anti-semitic madmen, they are folks who are informed. Wake up, right-wingers, just wake up. And oh yeah, if you invade and occupy a land, and are dumb enough to move your family onto the land that you stole, I really have very little sympathy for you when the people you are oppressing under your jackboot try to kill you. Some might call it patriotic, and the founders of the United States, which you right-wingers love to cite, had a bloody revolution for far less of an insult to basic human dignity. American's most of all should see this for what it is.