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Israel: Hamas agents have penetrated A-Jazeera

TEL AVIV — Hamas is said to have inserted agents into the leading satellite news channel in the Middle East.


The Israel Security Agency has determined that Hamas agents were employed as correspondents and other staffers at Qatar's A-Jazeera. ISA, based on the confession of Hamas operative Samer Fariq Alawi, asserted that A-Jazeera contains a Hamas presence that helps its agents find work in the Arab world's leading news channel.

"Alawi's investigation shows that A-Jazeera is exploited by Hamas, which makes use of its journalists to advance its goals," ISA said.

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The 45-year-old Alawi, a Palestinian who lives in Pakistan, served as A-Jazeera's bureau chief in Afghanistan. He was arrested by Israeli authorities on Aug. 9 at the Allenby Bridge near Jordan on "suspicion of involvement in Hamas activities."

"During his investigation by the Israel Security Agency, Alawi admitted that was he recruited in 1993, while in Pakistan, to Hamas," ISA said.

The ISA statement, issued on Sept. 27, marked the first formal link between Hamas and A-Jazeera. Israel and the United States have long asserted that Islamic insurgency groups, including Al Qaida and Hamas, were using A-Jazeera for operations, money transfers and recruitment.

Alawi, released on Sept. 26, was said to have been a member of the Supreme Palestine Committee, which directs Hamas institutions. Until 2004, ISA said, he also collected funds for Hamas, particularly the Al Aqsa Association and the Palestinian Information and Media Center.

During that same year, Alawi was asked but declined to serve as Hamas representative in Iran. Instead, Alawi joined A-Jazeera with the help of Hamas employees.

"In 2006, Alawi met with Hamas operatives in Qatar, who served as A-Jazeera correspondents, and agreed with them that they would exploit their work with A-Jazeera to strengthen Hamas by criticizing American operations in Afghanistan and expressing support for the Palestinian resistance," ISA said.

The Israeli statement did not say whether A-Jazeera's management was aware that Alawi was a Hamas agent. In 2010, Alawi was said to have been asked again to use the news channel to mobilize support for Hamas.

"Alawi was convicted on Sept. 26, 2011, according to his own confession, in the framework of a plea bargain, of conspiracy on behalf of a banned organization [Hamas]," the statement said. "He was fined, sentenced to time already served and received a suspended sentence of three years."

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