Rachel Smalley has declared she is a Hamas hugger, she claims she is a “serious journalist” and yet she remains silent on the threatening of journalists by Hamas to only show Hamas in a positive light.
Evidence is emerging now of significant intimidation of journalists in Gaza by Hamas.
I note there is no such intimidation by the IDF or Israeli authorities.
Radjaa Abu Dagga, Gaza correspondent for Franceâ€™sLibÃ©ration,Â told the newspaperâ€˜s readersÂ on Tuesday how Hamas refused his requests to leave Gaza and how he was interrogated by Hamas members from their headquarters inside Gazaâ€™s Al-Shifa hospital, a violation ofÂ internationalÂ rules of war.
Blogger Elder of ZiyonÂ published a translation of his harrowing account on Thursday.
Correspondent Radjaa Abu Dagga for years divided his time between Paris, where his wife and son live, and Gaza, where his parents live and where he works. On 18 June, when he wanted to cross the Rafah border, an officer banned his way and took his passport like all Palestinians trying to cross into Egypt that day.
After four blocked attempts to leave Gaza without explanation over weeks, the Palestinian journalist was summoned by the security services of Hamas on Sunday. â€˜I received a call from a private number. They summoned me to Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza City center,â€™ explains Radjaa. He carried with him his two phones, his press card and a small camera.
A few meters from the emergency room where the injured from bombings are constantly flowing, in the outpatient department, he was received in â€˜a small section of the hospital used as administrationâ€™ by a band of young fighters. They were all well dressed, which surprised Radjaa, â€˜in civilian clothing with a gun under oneâ€™s shirt and some had walkie-talkies.â€™ Â He was ordered to empty his pockets, removing his shoes and his belt then was taken to a hospital room â€˜which served that day as the command office of three people.â€™ Â Â Read more »