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Al Jazeera Praises Synagogue Massacre of Rabbis

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Al Jazeera is run by Qatar which sponsors such moderate peaceful organizations as Hamas and ISIS. So this op-ed is no surprise. What is surprising is the willingness of the media to pretend that Osama bin Laden’s favorite media outlet is a legitimate news organization.

Referring to the attack by two Muslim terrorists armed with guns and axes who attacked, among other people, a 59-year-old Rabbi at prayer from behind, the op-ed calls it a “daring operation carried out by two Palestinians in a Jewish synagogue in Jerusalem”, and threatens that “The operation carried symbolic importance in targeting the synagogue, in a clear message to the settlers and extremists of all varieties and types that the attack on the Arab holy sites would lead to attacks on synagogues and their holy places.”

“The operation also was clear in terms of courage and bravery,” the Al Jazeera op-ed by Professor Abdel Sattar Qassem states. “this operation was the most daring because it was done with primitive weapons. The media picked up that the Palestinians used the gun, but the most important weapons were knives and hatchets.”

Normal non-Muslims don’t consider axing a Rabbi from behind to be courageous and brave, but that’s the difference between the human worldview and the one represented by Al Jazeera and its state sponsor of terror.

Al Jazeera is only running this murderous racist screed in Arabic for obvious reasons, but it needs to be spread around because this is what Al Jazeera really is. It’s not a media organization. It’s the press bureau for terrorists operated by Qatar, a state sponsor of terrorism.

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Al Jazeera stages solidarity day with Egypt-held staff

DOHA — Al Jazeera television on Thursday organised a “global day of action” in solidarity with its four journalists detained in Egypt over accusations of supporting the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Dozens of staff of the Doha-based satellite news channel staged a five-minute gathering at the network’s headquarters.

“It is not a crime to be a journalist,” read banners carried by Al Jazeera staff, some of them with their mouth taped, an Al Jazeera journalist told AFP.

The channel said protests were held in other cities in support of the campaign.

In Khartoum, around 100 Sudanese journalists and activists staged a silent vigil on a street near the office of the satellite channel, an AFP journalist reported.

Al Jazeera declared Thursday a “global day of action” in support of its staff and for media freedom in general.

The detained Al Jazeera staff in Egypt include Australian journalist Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian colleague Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

They have been held since December in a case that has sparked an international outcry.

Their trial began in a Cairo court last week, against the backdrop of strained ties between Cairo and Doha, which backed deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Morsi was ousted by the army in July.

The government has designated the Brotherhood a “terrorist organisation”, although the group denies involvement in a spate of bombings since Morsi’s overthrow.

The three journalists are accused of supporting the Brotherhood and broadcasting false reports, charges denied by the television network.

A fourth Al Jazeera journalist, Abdullah Al Shami, has been held since August.

Egypt Charges 20 Al-jazeera Journalists With Belonging To Muslim Brotherhood

Journalists charged with fabricating news reports and tarnishing Egypt’s reputation include ex-BBC correspondent Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy
Fire at al-Jazeera studio in Tahrir Square in 2012

Fire at al-Jazeera studio in Tahrir Square in 2012. Foreign journalists are the target of considerable anger from Egypt’s government and its supporters.t Photograph: Str/EPA

Egyptian prosecutors say they have charged 20 al-Jazeera journalists, including two British citizens, with belonging to Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, fabricating news reports and tarnishing Egypt‘s reputation abroad.

The journalists include the Australian ex-BBC correspondent Peter Greste and Canadian-Egyptian bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy, who has worked for the New York Times.

“Investigations showed the defendants created a media network headed by an Egyptian-Canadian Muslim Brotherhood member [Fahmy] that has specialised in creating video scenes contrary to reality and aired them through Qatari al-Jazeera English to distort Egypt’s international reputation,” the prosecution alleged.

Other charges included “disturbing public peace, instilling terror, harming the general interests of the country, possessing broadcast equipment without permit, possessing and disseminating images contrary to the truth”.

The identities of most of the 20 defendants were not revealed by prosecutors. It is thought that some of them could be tried in absentia, and lawyers were unclear about whether the defendants included members of al-Jazeera’s Arabic channel who were arrested in August, or just the al-Jazeera English journalists seized several months later.

Al-Jazeera English’s Greste, Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohamed have been detained since late December after state security officials raided their makeshift offices in the Marriott, a hotel in central Cairo. In a letter from prison, Greste recently said their incarceration was “an attack not just on me and my two colleagues but on freedom of speech across Egypt”.

Fahmy has been denied medical treatment for his dislocated shoulder, which was hurt shortly before his arrest. Both he and Mohamed are in a high-security prison reserved for suspected terrorists where they spend “24 hours a day in their mosquito-infested cells, sleeping on the floor with no books or writing materials to break the soul-destroying tedium”, according to Greste, who has been held in better conditions.

The charges would have a “chilling effect” on the work of journalists in Egypt, according to Khaled Mansour, the head of a leading local rights watchdog, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

“I have a very strong concern now for journalists, especially foreign journalists, who are trying very hard to create a balanced picture of what is going on in this country,” said Mansour. “The work of a journalist involves going to dangerous places and interviewing outlaws. But if I were a journalist in this country, I would now be very frightened of talking to the Muslim Brotherhood – even though they are an important part of the story. This will really have a very chilling effect on the work of journalists – and I would hope this government will make a distinction between a journalist doing their job and meeting people, and the charges that have been filed.”

Foreign journalists are the target of considerable anger from Egypt’s government and its supporters. Pro-regime Egyptians resent the international media for covering alleged human rights abuses against supporters of former president Morsi and liberal dissenters opposed to both Morsi and those who ousted him.

“Egypt is still observing with much concern those members of the international community who are positioning themselves in a position which is in explicit conflict with Egyptian national security,” said Mostafa Hegazy, an adviser to Egypt’s presidency last week.

“All the foreign media is just saying things from the Brotherhood’s side,” agreed one pro-government supporter, Ali Abdel Samer, a shopkeeper.

Al-Jazeera – and in particular its Arabic wing – has attracted the most condemnation because it is owned by Qatar, which supports the Brotherhood. Conflicts between the channel and the Egyptian authorities after the Brotherhood’s overthrow in July forced al-Jazeera to shut its offices and its employees to operate without accreditation. Working without valid credentials was one of the charges laid on Wednesday.

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