The Anti-Defamation League condemned the decision by the Washington, DC
Newseum to commemorate the lives of two journalists, who worked for
Hamas-operated Al-Aqsa television, in a ceremony dedicated to news
workers killed in the field in 2012.
The ADL "expressed shock
and outrage" Saturday that Hama members Hussam Salama and Mahmoud
al-Kumi would be included in the museum's annual Journalists Memorial
ceremony on Monday, and requested their names not be included on a
Officials from the news and journalism museum
said the two would remain on the list of 84 journalists who died last
year in pursuit of work in the news industry.
"It is a dark day
when members of a terrorist organization advancing their agenda through
murderous violence are honored as part of a tribute to journalists
killed in the line of duty," ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman
"This decision flies in the face of the founding mission
of Newseum to ‘educate the public about the value of a free press in a
free society.’ Salama and Al-Kumi were terrorist operatives working for a
network that routinely promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to
violence. These men were working for a propaganda outlet, not a
legitimate news organization," he added.
The two cameramen were killed by Israeli air
strikes on their car on November 20 during Operation Pillar of Defense .
ceremony, the names and photos of the 84 journalists who died or were
killed in 2012, along with six from the 2011, were to be projected onto a
74-foot-tall "tablet" inscribed with the First Amendment.
Reuters contribute to this report.