Senior Hamas Official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar on Gaza Protests: This Is Not Peaceful Resistance, It Is Supported by Our Weapons pic.twitter.com/aut0Q7SPD9— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) May 15, 2018
The Hamas co-founder telling this to Al Jazeera reminds me of Ben Rhodes telling the New York Times that most reporters are ignorant patsies or PLO boss Abbas telling RT that the Palestinian Authority was just like Hamas. In all three cases, there's an incestuous loop. A mastermind is telling a friendly media outlet the truth knowing that it won't be reported anywhere that matters.
Al Jazeera is Qatar's propaganda pro-terror outlet. But now that MEMRI made this public, expect the media to firmly ignore it and dismiss it as another conspiracy theory.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Hamas co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahhar called allegations that the terrorist group was employing “peaceful resistance” against Israel “a clear terminological deception.”
“When you have weapons that are being wielded by men who were able to prevent the strongest army in the region from entering the Gaza strip for 51 days, and were able to capture or kill soldiers of that army — is this really ‘peaceful resistance?” asked al-Zahhar, whose remarks were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
“When we talk about ‘peaceful resistance,’ we are deceiving the public,” he said. “This is peaceful resistance bolstered by a military force and by security agencies, and enjoying tremendous popular support.”
There you go.
Hamas is in its own way, much like ISIS, somewhat honest. Not reliably truthful, but it will openly discuss its tactics (the PLO and the Muslim Brotherhood generally won't do so in an open forum).
The media isn't being fooled. It wants to be fooled. Because it wants to fool the public.
The flacks on the ground are telling lies they don't believe. And the media home bases amplify them without knowing that they're lies. And not caring. Because it's all an ideological spin machine. And Israel and Trump are enemies. And Hamas, they're sorta allies, aren't they.
Hamas isn't deceiving the public. The New York Times, MSNBC and the Washington Post are.
Now cue another spiteful Michelle Goldberg rant at the New York Times or another soulful Anderson Cooper commentary. And remember the media has become another propaganda arm of Hamas.