The BBC: clueless or complicit? At this point, what difference does it make?
“Hamas chooses Ismail Haniya as new leader,” BBC, May 6, 2017 (thanks to Fjordman):
The Palestinian militant group Hamas has announced that Ismail Haniya has been chosen as its new overall leader.
He succeeds Khaled Meshaal, who has served the maximum two terms in office.
Mr Haniya, 54, lives in Gaza, which Hamas has ruled since 2007, unlike Mr Meshaal, who lives in Qatar.
Mr Haniya is seen as a pragmatist who will try to ease Hamas’s international isolation. The group published a new policy document this week regarded as an attempt to soften its image….
It declares for the first time a willingness to accept an interim Palestinian state within pre-1967 boundaries, without recognising Israel.
It also says Hamas’s struggle is not with Jews but with “occupying Zionist aggressors”. The 1988 charter was condemned for its anti-Jewish language.
Mr Barhoum said: “The document gives us a chance to connect with the outside world.”
A spokesman for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas was “attempting to fool the world but it will not succeed”….
But it sure will fool the BBC.
“Hamas praises Osama bin Laden as holy warrior,” by Conal Urquhart, Guardian, May 2, 2011 (thanks to Fjordman):
The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has praised Osama bin Laden as an “Arab holy warrior” and condemned his killing by American forces in Pakistan….
Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, told reporters that Hamas viewed the killing of Bin Laden as “a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood”.
He noted doctrinal differences between Bin Laden’s al-Qaida and Hamas which sees itself as primarily a nationalist movement rather than an international movement. Haniyeh added: “We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.”…