Honest Reporting revealed earlier this week that ‘photojournalists’ working for the AP, Reuters, CNN and the New York Times among others appeared to be embedded with the Hamas terrorists on Oct 7.
The worst of these cases may have been Hassan Eslaiah who worked with CNN and the Associated Press.
Hassan Eslaiah posed with a top Hamas leader and appeared to be riding a bike while holding a hand grenade on Oct 7 while invading Israel.
In the hours following our expose, new material is still coming to light concerning Gazan freelance journalist Hassan Eslaiah whom both AP & CNN used on Oct. 7.
— HonestReporting (@HonestReporting) November 8, 2023
Yo, @AP, @Reuters, @cnn – what your freelancer in Gaza Hassan Eslaiah is doing on a motorbike with a grenade, on his way to the massacre of women and babies? Is a grenade part of the equipment you provide? pic.twitter.com/jU85KEo7Ec
— עמית סגל Amit Segal (@amit_segal) November 9, 2023
Some media types have argued that Eslaiah is a journalist and we should give him the benefit of the doubt. But CNN and the AP announced that they were cutting ties with him.
“The Associated Press had no knowledge of the Oct. 7 attacks before they happened. The first pictures AP received from any freelancer show they were taken more than an hour after the attacks began. No AP staff were at the border at the time of the attacks, nor did any AP staffer cross the border at any time.”
“We are no longer working with Hassan Eslaiah, who had been an occasional freelancer for AP and other international news organizations in Gaza.”
Except that the AP had been warned about this by CAMERA, like Honest Reporting, a fair journalism advocacy group focused on Israel, all the way back in 2018.
5 years ago, @CAMERAorg sent a senior @AP editor evidence that Hassan Eslaiah "openly identifies with Hamas' political platform and is a rabid anti-Semite who praises terrorists and expresses joy over the murder of innocent and unarmed Israelis." They knew. See 12/13/18 email https://t.co/TmQVzD1Ots pic.twitter.com/oD30cHbCHJ
— Tamar Sternthal (@TamarSternthal) November 9, 2023
CAMERA’s message to AP pointed out that Hassan Eslaiah had worked for Quds TV which is tied to Hamas.
And he celebrated multiple terrorist attacks including the Har Nof Massacre during which Islamic terrorists burst into a synagogue and attacked rabbis inside with axes and meat cleavers.
Hassan responded by tweeting, “the mosques of Gaza announce the ‘Allahu Akbar’ as they bless our people and our ummah with the exquisite act of martyrdom in Jerusalem.”
He celebrated the murder of Rabbi Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Benita in Jerusalem. The mother of Aharon’s wife described what happened to her.
Miriam Gal, the mother of Benita’s wife Adel, spoke at the funeral to Lau about what her daughter had told her of the incident.
“My daughter tried to run away with a knife in her neck. She tried to escape but they [Palestinians at the scene] wouldn’t let her and shouted at her “hopefully you’ll die too,” recalled Gal who was inconsolable with grief.
“Such cruelty. The Jewish people should not be foolish, wake up. This [the Palestinians] is a nation of murderers. There entire essence is blood, blood, blood, Jewish blood. They have nothing else. Anyone who speaks of peace is an idiot, there is no other word,” she cried.
Just to make that point clearer, Hassan Eslaiah had tweeted, “Wailing and crying during the ceremonies of burial of the Zionists killed in the stabbing attack that was performed by the martyr and hero Mohamad al Halaby.”
The Associated Press was warned. They chose to keep working with him anyway. The media knew.