Hamas slams Al-Jazeera coverage of violence in Gaza
Gaza – Mohammed Habib
Palestinian resistance movement Hamas on Monday slammed news network Al-Jazeera's coverage of the Israeli violence in Gaza, saying it was "unprecedented" in its "lack of balance."
spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri released a statement saying Al-Jazeera's coverage of events in Gaza showed a "bias against Palestinians" and that the Qatar-based news agency considered them "less important" than other Arabs.
Abu Zuhri said that he was "puzzled" that the rocket salvos fired from Gaza and Israeli counter-strikes were not receiving more coverage.
He also described Al-Jazeera's coverage as "downplayed and hashed over," saying they were not taking the story "seriously."
Relations between Hamas and Al-Jazeera have been tense lately, when Al-Jazeera's correspondent in Ramallah Guevara Al-Budeiri reported about Palestinians detained in Hamas jails in Gaza.
Hamas claimed the report was fabricated and asked the channel to launch an investigation. According to sources from the Qatari channel, Hamas’s criticism of Al-Jazeera coverage doesn’t mean their previous disputes have had any effect.