New York Times photographer shares support for Palestinian terror

"A sad morning that carries with it pride for the martyrs, and honor in the resistance. ‘If you lost the way, follow the martyrs’,” said a statement written in Arabic that accompanied Nassar’s post.

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December 14, 2018 22:42
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IDF and Magen David Adom at the sceneof the terror shooting in the Barkan industrial Zone

IDF and Magen David Adom at the sceneof the terror shooting in the Barkan industrial Zone. (photo credit: HALLEL MEIR/TPS)

 
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Wissam Nassar, a Gaza-based Palestinian New York Times photographer who has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, recently posted a photograph to his social media account supporting the recent terror attacks against Israeli citizens in the West Bank, according to i24 News.

The photographer posted an 'Instagram Story' photo supporting Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa, 23, who is accused of committing the attack at the Barkan Industrial Park in October, and Saleh Omar Barghouti, 29, the son of a West Bank Hamas leader suspected of ties to the cell that committed the shooting attack that left seven Israeli civilians wounded near the Ofra settlement earlier this week. Both Na’alwa and Barghouti were killed by the IDF. Hamas took responsibility for both attacks.

"A sad morning that carries with it pride for the martyrs, and honor in the resistance. ‘If you lost the way, follow the martyrs’,” said a statement written in Arabic that accompanied the picture on Nassar’s Instagram story.

Given the function of the 'story' feature on Instagram, the picture is only visible to his followers for 24 hours.

Nassar has been featured in other major publications such as Time Magazine, who ran a special feature on his work, in addition to being a New York Times photographer. He has been recognized mainly for his work on the weekly "Great March of Return" protests as well as for other photographs from Gaza.

Nassar was nominated in 2015 for a Pulitzer Prize in the 'Breaking News Photography' category, “for capturing key moments in the human struggle in Gaza and providing a fresh take on a long, bloody conflict.”


Both of the slain Palestinian terror suspects featured on Nassar's Instagram story have been accused of murdering Israeli citizens and of affiliation with Hamas, an internationally designated terrorist organization.

Barghouti, who was killed by the IDF Wednesday night near the village of Surda, north of Ramallah, belongs to a clan whose members are famous for carrying out terrorist attacks against Israel in the past. An infant boy was delivered prematurely after his mother was seriously wounded in the Ofra attack and died on Wednesday.

Na'awla, who had been on the run since early October, was killed by the IDF when a firefight ensued in the apartment where he was hiding. Israeli security forces arrested and interrogated a number of people who were believed to have information on Na’alwa's whereabouts. The interrogations revealed that Na’alwa planner to commit another terrorist attack, according to the Shin Bet.

The New York Times and Nassar have not responded for requests for comment, according to i24 News.

Yvette J. Deane and Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.

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