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7/16/08

Reuters Omits Lebanon Guerrila's Crimes, Hamas Praise

Reuters does report Hezbollah's praise and Qantar's life sentence for the deaths of four Israelis, including a 4-year-old girl and her father. But they claim Israelis see the prisoner swap as "a painful necessity." I doubt that. Who would swap two dead soldiers for 5 of the worst terrorists in 30 years? AP provides essential background Reuters left out:

(AP)..."In the dead of night on April 22, 1979, Kantar and three other gunmen made their way in a rubber dinghy from Lebanon to the sleepy Israeli coastal town of Nahariya, 5 miles south of the Lebanese border. There, in a hail of gunfire and exploding grenades, they killed a policeman who stumbled upon them, then burst into the apartment of Danny Haran, herding him and his 4-year-old daughter outside at gunpoint to the beach below, where they were killed.

An Israeli court found that Kantar shot Danny Haran in front of his child, then smashed her head with his rifle butt.

Haran's wife, Smadar, who had fled into a crawl space in the family apartment with her 2-year-old daughter, accidentally smothered the child with her hand while trying to stifle her cries."


Those grisly details make a big difference. Good for AP for reporting them.
Reuters and AP both seemed to miss outrageous comments from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:
Abbas congratulates Kuntar's family for killer's release

(Haaretz)..."Abbas welcomed the swap between Israel and the Lebanon-based militant group, and in a statement congratulated the families of the "liberated prisoners," issued during a visit to Malta...

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday hailed Kuntar as "a great hero" and said Israel's decision to release him and four Hezbollah fighters had undermined Israel's policy of not freeing "prisoners with blood on their hands."
Haniyeh also branded the exchange of prisoners as "a victory" for Hezbollah and armed resistance against Israel.

"Today is a great victory for the resistance movements and to Hezbollah, said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. "It shows that the only successful way to free the prisoners is by kidnapping soldiers.""

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