Foreign and Defense Policy, Middle East and North Africa

Will the Newseum honor Karim Touzani?

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The Newseum’s decision to honor Hamas activists who conducted terrorism under the guise of being journalists has certainly raised eyebrows in Washington. Adam Kredo reported on the controversy here. The crux of the Newseum’s defense is that the two Hamas operatives were posing as cameramen and had written “TV” on their car:

Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi were cameramen in a car clearly marked ‘TV,’” Newseum spokesman Scott Williams told the Free Beacon in an email. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which combats anti-Semitism, said the Newseum has made a “shameful decision” to honor the terrorists.

“Duct Tape on car with the letters TV does not a journalist make,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the center’s associate dean.

Perhaps it is time to see whether the Newseum will stick to its standards and honor other terrorists who posed as journalists. On September 9, 2001, Ahmad Shah Masoud, “the Lion of the Panjshir” and the leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, was assassinated by two al-Qaeda operatives posing as journalists. The assassins’ names are alternately given as Karim Touzani and Kacem Bakkali, or Dahmane Abd al-Sattar and Bouraoui el-Ouaer. No matter: They had cameras and had “TV” identity cards.

Perhaps it is time for Scott Williams to explain why Hamas terrorism is any less noxious than al-Qaeda terrorism? Indeed, by honoring those who twist the idea of journalism, Mr. Williams and the Newseum are doing more to endanger journalists in conflict zones than any army or rebel group has in a long time.

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