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Official PA daily: Hamas accused a journalist of "high treason" because "she didn't write what they wanted‎"

Op-ed by Hafez Barghouti, former editor-‎in-chief of official PA daily
     ‎“In an earlier op-ed, I mentioned a ‎publicist who writes her journal under fire, ‎in a humane and apolitical way, without ‎pushing her pen to vilify and attack. She ‎talks about the life of a family under fire, ‎about the street, the neighborhood, the ‎wounded and the Martyrs (Shahids), about ‎her sons and daughters. One day, her pen ‎crossed the line. She wrote about a boy ‎searching for food in the trash, and the ‎knights (sarcastic reference to Hamas –‎Ed.) became enraged. They accused her ‎of high treason, dishonored her and ‎harassed her daughter with rumors, ‎because she didn’t write what they ‎wanted. She didn’t say she had seen ‎angels descending from heaven and ‎stopping the enemy. She didn’t say the ‎Martyr-children of Gaza yearned for ‎Martyrdom (Shahada) and hunted the ‎enemy rockets so as to be engulfed by ‎their shrapnel. She didn’t say the ‎displaced – more than a third of Gaza’s ‎residents – live in paradise, delighted at ‎the destruction the occupation has ‎granted them.‎
This is the reality experienced by all who ‎call for stopping the aggression and ‎preventing the bloodshed of innocent ‎people. ‎
Did we not hear [Secretary-General of ‎Hezbollah] Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, ‎speaking as the victor of the [2006] South ‎Lebanon War, say after the war, ‘Had I ‎known Israel’s response to the kidnapping ‎of the three soldiers would be such ‎devastation to Beirut and the villages of ‎Lebanon, we wouldn’t have taken the ‎soldiers captive’? And before him, did not ‎Yasser Arafat say in Beirut, during its long ‎siege and isolation from the world, ‘If it ‎hadn’t been for the children and women ‎in Beirut, we wouldn’t have left, but would ‎have held on’?‎
But our brother, [head of the Political ‎Bureau of Hamas] Khaled Mashaal, ‎admitted several days ago that Hamas was ‎behind the kidnapping of the three settlers ‎‎(i.e., three Israeli teens), albeit without the ‎knowledge of the political leadership, after ‎having denied it for some time. He didn’t ‎say, ‘had I known the kidnapping of the ‎settlers would lead to the destruction of ‎Gaza and to such a number and amount ‎of Martyrs we would not have carried out ‎the kidnapping.’ A [true] leader criticizes ‎himself with humility and is not scared of ‎admitting [his mistakes] – unless he ‎considers himself faultless. But only the ‎Prophet [Muhammad] was faultless.”‎

Note:‎ On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal ‎Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali ‎Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped by Hamas ‎terrorists while they were hitchhiking in the ‎West Bank. The boys' bodies were found ‎by Israeli security forces near Hebron on ‎June 30, 2014. They appeared to have ‎been shot to death soon after the ‎abduction.‎

Note: This article was published on the day a ceasefire was reached between Israel and Hamas, concluding the 2014 Gaza war.