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November 16, 2014 5:32 pm

UNESCO Removes Gazan From List of ‘Journalists Killed in Wars’ After Hamas Membership Revealed

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UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

UNESCO on Friday removed Palestinian Abdullah Murtaja from their list of “journalists killed in the exercise of their profession” after pro-Israel bloggers revealed that he was a Hamas terrorist.

Murtaja, who was killed during Israel’s war against Gaza-based terror group Hamas during the summer, was featured in photos and video released by the group’s Al Qassam Brigade bearing weapons and clad in the terrorists’ insignia.

The video was highlighted by popular blogger Elder of Ziyon on Nov. 12 and shows Murtaja giving his “martyr” statement, which is intended to be released posthumously.

“I deplore attempts to instrumentalize the profession of journalists by combatants,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement following the revelation. “The civilian status of journalists is critical, especially in situations of conflict, to ensure the free flow of information and ideas that are essential to the wider public and the restoration of stability and peace.”

In its original statement, issued on Aug. 29, UNESCO condemned the killing of all journalists, including Murtaja, under its mandate to defend press freedom. Bokova said that information had since been brought to UNESCO’s attention proving that Murtaja was “a member of an organized armed group — an active combatant, and, therefore, not a civilian journalist.”

“This has come to light in a video was posted recently on the Internet with Abdullah Murtaja speaking as a member of an organized armed group,” she added. “UNESCO therefore withdraws the statement of 29 August.”

Murtaja, who worked for Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV, is being called a “media martyr” by the group.

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  • zadimel

    Hatred of the Jew and the Jewish State never ends. However,we have been around since the Exodus, and have outlasted many civilizations beginning with the Egyptian. Rome tried twice to crush us(70 CE and 130CE) and the Muslims back in 640CE destroyed the 2 or 3 major Jewish tribes of Arabia, but we survived and flourished in other areas. The expulsion from Britain around 1250 CE fed the increase in the population of Europe.The banishment from Spain(1492) and a few years later from Portugal increased their numbers in Turkey,North Africa, and Europe. From pogroms in Europe to massacres under Islam we have survived. And we have flourished in the New World. The Holocaust nearly destroyed 1/3 of world Jewry, but we continued to survive in the JEWISH STATE. Never Again!

  • Since 1955 I have been saying and wishing the UN should sink into the East River. All the US can do is to stop funding this evil EVIL organization !!!!!!!

  • pierre mamou

    Even at my old age, I am atonished by the judeophobic hate infecting such organizations as Unesco. Everything is a pretext to activate and spread this hate over a world thirsty to drink it.

  • Stephen Green

    Have the useless United Nothings apologised to Israel???? sorry I suppose that is not in their mandate!!