Regardless of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's new "confidence" that "Hamas' return to unified Palestinian governance can increase the likelihood of a two-state solution and a peaceful outcome" or media optimism about Hamas' supposed willingness to observe a truce with Israel, there are seven essential facts about Hamas that have not changed.
The Los Angeles Times once again extends a platform to Hamas. In an interview with Hamas official Ghazi Hamad, Edmund Sanders never once notes that the U.S., E.U., and Israel regard Hamas as a terrorist organization.
The Times publishes a puff piece that ignores the insidious truth about the smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Worse still, the story is yet another example of the editors' penchant for humanizing Palestinian Arabs while demonizing Israelis.
It's time that newspapers and professors stop being baffled every time Hamas suggests it will accept a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a step toward replacing Israel with an Islamic state.
The Baltimore Sun headlined a February 13 editorial "Mr. Abbas' mission; Unity between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority need not be the end of peace talks with Israel -- but it will require real statesmanship." CAMERA's next-day letter introduced Sun readers to the contradictory reality.
The New York Times quotes a Hamas spokesperson claiming Gilad Shalit, unlike Palestinian prisoners in Israel, was treated well. Unmentioned is that the conditions of Shalit's detention voilated international law.
The Times isn't so bothered when Hamas restricts the freedom of movement of its population. This reflects a double standard by the newspaper, and an abandonment of Palestinians whose troubles don't fit the journalists' script.
AFP ignores Palestinian rocket attacks launched Monday, falsely claiming that until Israel killed Islamic Jihad fighter Ismail al-Ismar Wednesday night, Palestinian groups respected the truce.
In its reporting on the abortive Gaza flotilla, The New York Times whitewashes the extremist affiliations of the flotilla organizers and conceals the harsh rhetoric of noted participants.
Ha'aretz reporter Amira Hass, best known for her extreme hostility toward Israel, was provided a platform on CBC's "The Sunday Edition" with Michael Enright to spout her vitriol against the Jewish state.