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September 26, 2011

Al Jazeera Bureau Chief Was Hamas Operative


The Jerusalem Post reports that Samer Allawi, Al Jazeera's former Afghanistan bureau chief admitted during an investigation with the Shin Bet that he was a Hamas operative. Allawi was arrested by Israeli security officers last month on the border of the West Bank and Jordan.

During an investigation with The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Allawi said he was recruited into Hamas in 1993 and he served there till 2004 in a senior committee that overseas Hamas operations abroad and is responsible for fundraising.

In 2001 and 2003 he traveled to Syria where he reported on his activities to Mousa Aba Marzook, deputy to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Damascus.

Aba Marzook offered Allawi to become an official Hamas represtive in Iran, but he rejected the offer.

During the interrogation with The Shin Bet, Allawi said he attended a meeting in 2000 in Saudi Arabia in which he said he would be part of a terror operation on behalf of Hamas. He also offered to use his position as a reporter to promote Hamas interests.

In 2006, Allawi traveled to Qatar and met with additional Al Jazeera reporters, who the Shin Bet said were Hamas operatives, and discuused the possibility of using their position to advance Hamas by critizing the US military in Afghanistan.

The question is how many more Hamas operatives are part not only of Al Jazeera but of other media as well?

Posted by RH at September 26, 2011 02:28 PM


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