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ADL Blasts Newseum for Honoring Hamas Members

Sunday, 12 May 2013 10:00 PM

By Greg Richter

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The Newseum in Washington is under fire for honoring two men with ties to the terrorist organization Hamas in its list of journalists killed in the line of duty.

The Anti-Defamation League was among many who called the decision into question. Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi were cameramen for Hamas-run al-Aqsa TV. They were killed during an Israeli airstrike in November.

The Newseum plans to add 84 names from journalists across the world to its permanent memorial. Most died in 2012, though some died in previous years. Salama and Al-Kumi will be among them.

ADL issued a press release on Sunday calling the inclusion of the men "a dark day for an American institution devoted to free speech and the First Amendment."

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"It is a dark day when members of a terrorist organization advancing their agenda through murderous violence are honored as part of a tribute to journalists killed in the line of duty," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "This decision flies in the face of the founding mission of Newseum to 'educate the public about the value of a free press in a free society.'"

Salama and Al-Kumi were terrorist operatives working for a network that routinely promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence, Foxman added. "These men were working for a propaganda outlet, not a legitimate news organization."

Buzzfeed issued a statement from the Newseum standing by its decision.

"Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi were cameramen in a car clearly marked 'TV,'" the Newseum said. "The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers all consider these men journalists killed in the line duty."

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