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At Last, Reuters Tells the Truth about Hamas

The leading international news agency Reuters has finally shown Hamas, whom Jimmy Carter and others have proclaimed as peacemakers, in a more accurate light.
See: Gaza militants in rare video show
(Considering Hamas exclusively aim to kill civilians, it still bemuses me why Reuters calls them “guerillas” in their new video and “militants” in the video’s caption. But then this is nothing new. See: The Case of Reuters: A news agency that will not call a terrorist a terrorist.)
Interestingly, CNN and BBC seem to have chosen to avoid showing this new Reuters footage, even though they regularly air the anti-Israel footage which Reuters has previously pumped out.
U.S. is largest donor to Palestinian Authority
Meanwhile, if you are wondering why there is so much money for all this weaponry in the Palestinian-run territories, here is one reason:

State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said Tuesday: “The United States remains the largest single state donor to the Palestinian Authority. We have provided $562 million in total assistance in 2008, surpassing our pledged level of $555 million. This includes $264 million in project assistance through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL); $150 million in direct budget support – the largest single tranche for funds provided to the Palestinian Authority by a single donor country; and $148 million in contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).” (Office of the Spokesman, U.S. State Department, Washington, DC, July 29, 2008.)

Tom GrossTom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.


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