The BBC’s profile of Hamas includes the following:
“It [Hamas] originally had a dual purpose of carrying out an armed struggle against Israel – led by its military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades – and delivering social welfare programmes.”
The naive notion that Hamas’ political and social departments can be viewed as being ideologically or organisationally separate or different from its “armed wing” or “military wing” is of course not confined to the BBC; the UK, among others, includes only the latter Hamas department on its list of proscribed terror groups.
Moreover, the BBC never refers to Hamas in general or specifically its “military wing” as a terror organisation and instead uses euphemistic terminology such as “Palestinian Islamist group“, “Islamist movement” or “militant Palestinian Islamist movement” and not infrequently amplifies its narrative of “resistance“.
The Tower recently noted that:
“Hamas leader Ismail…
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