B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International commends the Newseum for deciding against honoring two men who worked for Al-Aqsa Television, a Hamas propaganda entity. The Newseum was previously set to honor the two men with the Journalist Memorial, a tribute given to reporters who died while gathering and reporting news.
On May 12, B’nai B’rith expressed outrage over the Newseum’s plans to honor the Hamas operatives. We welcome the decision by the Newseum to rescind the award as questions of potential terrorist activities began to surround the honorees.
The men worked for Al-Aqsa Television, a station noted for airing anti-Israel programming featuring shows and characters that call for Israel’s destruction and violence against Israelis. The U.S. government describes Al-Aqsa as a Hamas-controlled entity.