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A couple days ago, the Israeli military destroyed a building that they said was used by Hamas. The Israelis gave their customary warning to everyone in the area to get out, and it appears that no one was hurt. I don’t recall Hamas giving a similar warning to the residents of the Israeli civilian centers it destroyed with rocket attacks last week. Anyway. As it turns out, the Hamas building was also used by the Associated Press. AP claims that they had been in that building for years, and had no idea that Hamas was using the same office space. AP is shocked – shocked! – at Israeli allegations that the building housed hostile forces:
AP CEO: “AP’s bureau has been in this building for 15 years. We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building. This is something we actively check to the best of our ability. We’d never knowingly put our journalists at risk.”
I’m busy this afternoon, and don’t have time to research this or think it over. Which never prevented me from posting anything before, so I’ll just list a couple of thoughts that leap to mind:
First, which organization is a greater threat to Israel? Hamas, or AP News? I think it’s clearly AP News, because Israel is allowed to engage in counter-attacks against the Hamas military, but they can’t defend themselves against the more impactful attacks of AP, in the form of Palestinian propaganda.
Next, what are the odds that AP really didn’t know that Hamas was in that building? In fact, what are the odds that the reason the AP used offices there was to have close access to those they were working with to develop the stories they sought to produce about Israeli brutality and so on? One would presume that AP chose those offices for a reason. Perhaps not. But what a remarkable coincidence – out of all the offices they could have used in that region, they chose those in the very same office building as Hamas. Who knew?
Next, how would sharing office space with those you seek to help be “putting our journalists at risk“? Hamas has staged photo ops with AP for years. They know the AP is on their side. Why would they attack their own ally? Especially a powerful ally, that can hurt the Israelis more with consistently bad press than Hamas can with poorly aimed rockets?
Next, AP is a news organization. They send investigative journalists all over the world to get information. And they didn’t even know that they were sharing an office building with a military organization? How could such a crack team of journalists not figure out who’s in the office next door? That wouldn’t take a great deal of investigation – they’re in the same darn building, for Pete’s sake! For 15 years! Is AP really claiming to be that incompetent?
Next, all the news stories emphasize that this Hamas building that was destroyed also housed offices for AP and other news organizations, and apartments. Ok. Suppose you were a military organization like Hamas. Why would you put any assets at all in a building with civilian offices and apartments? Wouldn’t you run the risk of exposing innocents to violent attacks? Wouldn’t it be a better idea to keep your people and equipment away from civilian centers, for the safety of your own innocent people who live nearby? Why would anyone put military assets in an apartment building? I can think of only one reason for such a decision.
Again, these are just my initial impressions. I could be wrong about all this.
But on its face, AP’s protests strike me as absurd.
Incidentally, AP continues to represent itself as a neutral news organization. Which is even more absurd.
The AP and Hamas sharing office space. Birds of a feather.
But AP still feels the need to pretend to be shocked. Shocked!