On Monday, November 11, the Huffington Post featured a front-page story, sourced from the Associated Press, about Hamas hiring its first female “spokesperson,” Isra Almodallal, replete with a staged picture of her looking like a teenage U.S. blogger.
In the article, Almodallal voices her support for standard-issue genocidal Hamas threats (that all of Israel should be wiped out, as it sits on Palestinian land), and her belief that Hamas has a bad reputation not because of its terrorism, genocidal threats, or suicide bombings, but because of “unfair Israeli media.” Her new job, she says, is to make the Palestinian issues “more human” to the outside world.
Ironically, earlier this year, another pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel propagandist,Ahmed Shihab-Eldin – who happens to be one of the top hosts of HuffPostLive, its video “news” service – described his job in almost identical terms: as being “to humanize” the Palestinians.
If you define “humanizing” a culture as whitewashing terrorists and publishing false, incendiary propaganda about their victims (namely Jews), then HuffPost’s senior management (which repeatedly claims it is a “nonpartisan” news operation) has been allowing Shihab-Eldin to fulfill his “job”. See the following links for more details:
Perhaps Hamas’ new propagandist spokeswoman should apply for a job with the Huffington Post. And judging by his actions, we already know that Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is fully capable of taking over for her, in case Hamas’ propaganda begins to suffer.
November 14 update: On November 13, HuffPost published – deep on a secondary page – an obscurely-titled, sanitized version of the story of the murder of 19-year-old Eden Atias by a Palestinian teenager. The URL that HuffPost assigned to the piece is “palestinian-teen-kills-israeli-soldier”; it knew full well the details of this brutal attack. Yet the headline that HuffPost wrote, “IDF Soldier Stabbing Could Impair Peace Talks,” intentionally creates an unclear impression. Does that mean the IDF soldier stabbed someone – or that the IDF soldier was stabbed? Did anyone die?
Soon after, as The Algemeiner reported, a Hamas spokesperson issued an official statement by the terror group, celebrating the murder of Eden, and threatening more. HuffPost, however, did not publish that story (even though just two days earlier, it published a glossy, uncritical story of Hamas’ new female spokesperson).
Instead, HuffPost’s editors (including Shihab-Eldin?) decided other “news” stories were far more deserving of top-line coverage – such as a propaganda story about Vladmir Putin, and an assortment of celebrity gossip and various nonsense, such as “the $500 milkshake.”
Apparently, this was the latest effort by HuffPost to “humanize” Palestinians – this time, at the expense of dehumanizing a 19-year-old Jew, whom one of them savagely murdered.