CNN and AP used a photographer who was cozy with Hamas, and may have been a terrorist operative

Hassan Eslaiah, CNN photographer in Gaza, and on the right, being kissed by Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.

Since photographs emerged of a CNN and Associated Press freelance photographer being kissed on the cheek by the man believed to have masterminded the Oct. 7 massacre of Jews in Israel, the two news organizations have gone into damage control mode.

They have supposedly cut ties with Hassan Eslaiah, who has been documenting the conflict between Israel and Hamas since Hamas’ first attack on Israel, without revealing that he has close ties to Hamas.

It took the work of a non-mainstream news organization,, which broke the story titled, “Broken Borders: AP & Reuters Pictures of Hamas Atrocities Raise Ethical Questions.”

In it, the reporters asked how this photographer and others even knew to be there on a sleepy Saturday to document what was to become the 9-11 for the State of Israel. Were the photographers tipped off?

“On October 7, Hamas terrorists were not the only ones who documented the war crimes they had committed during their deadly rampage across southern Israel. Some of their atrocities were captured by Gaza-based photojournalists working for the Associated Press and Reuters news agencies whose early morning presence at the breached border area raises serious ethical questions,” HonestReporting wrote.

“What were they doing there so early on what would ordinarily have been a quiet Saturday morning? Was it coordinated with Hamas? Did the respectable wire services, which published their photos, approve of their presence inside enemy territory, together with the terrorist infiltrators? Did the photojournalists who freelance for other media, like CNN and The New York Times, notify these outlets? Judging from the pictures of lynching, kidnapping and storming of an Israeli kibbutz, it seems like the border has been breached not only physically, but also journalistically,” the story continues.

That and other questions have been raised about whether freelancers for the large news outlets, including others, such as Reuters and the New York Times, are really neutral, or if they have been coordinating with Hamas.

Were they journalists or infiltrators? Read the report at It turns out, the ties may be might more sinister.

“Israeli journalist Amit Segal has posted video he said was from the Facebook page of Hassan Eslaiah — the same photographer seen sharing a kiss with the Hamas leader — in which Eslaiah is on the back of a motorcycle carrying what appears to be a hand grenade. Sharing a kiss with Hamas and — assuming the video shows what it appears to — wielding a hand grenade cannot be justified under any journalistic conventions,” wrote Philip Klein in the National Review.


  1. Mainstream media also reported the Hamas new release verbatim about the Islamic Jihad attack on the hospital parking lot that they blamed on Israel. It’s not surprising that news sources in Gaza would support Hamas, the majority of Palestinians in Gaza support Hamas and their goals. It’s beyond shameful that any media would report terrorist sources as if they weren’t terrorist sources.

    Now for the terrorist apologists and antisemites response…

    • Steve, it is amusing how you refuse to acknowledge that your specious and blanket slur of anyone criticizing the state of Israel is EXACTLY analogous to the radical leftist charge of “racism!” against anyone criticizing any aspect of the ‘woke’ agenda. EXACTLY analogous.

      Really, I had thought that you were more intelligent than this, to engage in such immature and irrational sophistry.

      • Jeff,
        I really do appreciate the fact that you say things without even the slightest knowledge of the unintended irony and the total and complete lack of self awareness involved.

        No where have I leveled a “blanket slur of anyone criticizing the state of Israel”, or even a “blanket slur of anti-semitism of anyone criticizing the state of Israel”. I’ve pointed out when certain comments are antisemitic, the antisemitc statements and those who very clearly support antisemitic viewpoints. The fact that you can’t understand that isn’t lost on me, or other readers here.

        Your very response here is so very telling, and somehow you don’t seem to understand that at all.

        • And the circular argumental sophistry of Steve-O continues to spin ….

          “No where have a leveld a ‘blanket slur of anyone criticizing the state of Israel …”

          Nowhere, except everywhere and EVERY time any poster here has done so, myself included.

          “I’ve pointed out when certain comments are antisemitic”

          Yes, every comment that has been in any way critical of the state of Israel, or of the ‘special relationship’ between the USA and Israel.

          Steve, you need to understand that your arrogant and dishonest bluster and bullying will may cow some other posters here, but it is NOT going to work on me. But in a sense I welcome it anyway, as it only continues to demonstrate what a disingenuous and malicious person you really are.

        • You have also used your racist tactics on me, thrown the blanket over my head, and attempted to commit me to that group known as antisemites just for saying that I did not think that Israel, or anyone else for that matter, had any right to be indiscriminately killing innocents. You demanded evidence, and when I provided it, you refused to look at it.

          The dehumanization that is going on over there, which both sides are guilty of taking part in, is entirely unacceptable. So is your trying to isolate anyone that says so.

          Call for an end to the dehumanization, of anyone, anywhere. Then, and only then, will you have a truly righteous leg to stand on. Fight with us Steve-O, not against us.

          • I never once said anything closely related to anyone being an antisemite because they disagree with the indiscriminate killing innocents. That did not happen. You wrote words and they are what define you, you even linked to an obvious antisemitic website to support the words you used.

            A good way to be grouped in as an antisemite is to repeatedly use the same language they use and link to their antisemitic websites. Once again, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it just may be a duck. Don’t want to be known as an antisemite, stop post antisemitic talking points and language.

          • Weird how Steve-0 cannot manage to call for an end to dehumanization. Abortion, live organ harvesting of prisoners, and killing of innocents. NONE of it is to much for Steve-0.

          • “Call for an end to the dehumanization, of anyone, anywhere.”

            Even the terrorists who brutally murdered, beheaded, burned, tortured, and took hostage innocent women, children, and the elderly simply because of the circumstances of their birth? Are those people who are inhumane beyond any measure to be grouped in with those who act humanely? Because I wouldn’t be able to call for the dehumanizing of anyone anywhere without doing that, is that what you are asking me to do?

          • Steve-0, you are looking, walking, and talking like a duck.

            1. characterized by or showing prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized

            1. a person who is prejudiced against or antagonistic towards people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized

            Inhuman acts are to be brought to justice, and dealt with according to their severity and via a prescribed and internationally accepted system. Blanket dehumanizing in order to advance political goals is racism in its most basic form.

          • So am I supposed to call for an end to the dehumanization the terrorists who brutally murdered, beheaded, burned, tortured, and took hostage innocent women, children, and the elderly simply because of the circumstances of their birth?

            And are you saying that I’m racist against terrorists or antisemites? You know terrorists and antisemites come in all different races and they aren’t all one race or ethnicity?

          • “In 1943, the following was issued from Party Headquarters to all Communists within the United States, it read ‘…when certain obstructionists become to irritating, label them as fascists, or nazi, or anti-semitic. In the public mind, constantly associate those who oppose us with those names which already have a bad smell. The association will, after enough repetition, become fact in the public mind.”

            – G Edward Griffin

            Steve-O, while you may not identify as a ‘duck’, you sure seem like one.

          • I’m still trying to figure out if I am I supposed to call for an end to the dehumanization the terrorists who brutally murdered, beheaded, burned, tortured, and took hostage innocent women, children, and the elderly simply because of the circumstances of their birth?

            And now I’m a communist duck who is racist against terrorists or antisemites, is that what you’re saying?

            I guess I’d rather be a communist duck who is racist against terrorists and antisemites than be an outright antisemite, especially an outright antisemite who denies it because I’m afraid of owning my antisemitism the way you and a few others here have while spouting your antisemitic nonsense. But I’m not a communist duck, and you and your buddy Jeff are who you are and you’ve done well to show yourselves to the world.

          • You keep bringing the one-sided atrocity propaganda, in perfect conformity with the Communist methodology outlined by Mr. Griffin, as if that is a reasonable justification for your murderous and evil intentions.

            The term ‘anti-semitic’ is losing its lustre, and the outright racist nature of the term to begin with, is becoming apparent to an increasing number of those who do not rely on an antenna or a cable to inform their opinions and to help them realize the truth. Keep pleasuring yourself by calling me ‘anti-semitic’, and however else you go about it. But the killing of innocents is STILL completely unacceptable, and it doesn’t matter whose side of whatever fence or issue they are on.

          • You still haven’t informed me if I am supposed to call for an end to the dehumanization the terrorists who brutally murdered, beheaded, burned, tortured, and took hostage innocent women, children, and the elderly simply because of the circumstances of their birth?

            That’s what you wanted me to do right?

      • Never said it was Jeff, it’s your words and how you use them here that defines you. If you don’t want to be known as an antisemite, don’t say antisemitic things, only you hold that power.

        • But how can I do that (in your prejudiced eyes), Steve, when you automatically consider, and condemn, any and every explicit or implicit criticism of Israel, or of the US “special relationship” with the state of Israel, as so-called “antisemitism”?

          It is you who are twisting words and meanings here to fit your own narrow and preconceived notions, Steve, not anyone else. And you have done it from the get-go with stories relating to the recent Israel-Hamas war, both to me and to others here.

          • Speaking of circular arguments. Jeff what you continue to fail to understand is the words I am using have meanings behind them.

            There are other commentators on this site, on this very article that are in fact critical of Israel. Do you know what they aren’t doing Jeff? They aren’t peppering antisemitic statements throught their comments, do you know what I’m not doing Jeff? I’m not pointing out that they aren’t making antisemitic comments…because they aren’t making them!

            If you keep wondering why you and a few others keep posting antisemitic comments and then having those antisemitic comments pointed out wonder no more. Stop making antisemitic comments and the problem cures itself, all by your own doing. Nobody is automatically labeling any criticism of Israel as antisemitic, however antisemitic comments are by there very nature antisemitic. If you don’t want to be called an antisemite then do what only you can do and stop saying antisemitic things…it’s really not that hard to understand.

          • Now you are simply lying, Steve, as I have NEVER made any anti-semitic comments, and you damn well know it. Nor would Suzanne have posted any had I or anyone else done so.

            ALL I have done is rightly criticize the one-sided and parasitical relationship that the state of Israel has with the USA, and the undue influence that Israel and its lobbyists has on US foreign policy. It is for exactly voicing THOSE opinions, which you clearly find heretical and unacceptable, that you have tried to slur me with the stupid, snowflake accusation of “antisemitism”.

            Just as with the Wuhan Virus and the clot shot mandates, you disingenuously and egregiously dishonestly attack those whom your circular and shallow arguments, and simplistic and erroneous pro-establishment talking points, cannot touch.

          • Oh please Jeff, if you spent a little more time trying to read and understand comments instead of firing of your reaction as fast as possible then you might have a leg to stand on. Suzanne allows for an open debate with limited boundaries, you clearly know this by now.

            Once again as defined antisemite: a person who has a hostile, prejudiced attitude toward Jews. I could quote you over and over but you will deny or simply ignore it, just like you’ve done in the past when quoted. All one needs do is see your comments on any of the articles regarding Israel to see that. On second thought here are a few quotes for your reading pleasure:
            “Don’t look now, but your rabidly Zionist slip is showing.”
            “Just admit it already: you are a Jew.”
            “Clearly, somebody believes that a certain ethnic group is special, maybe even “Chosen”.”
            “There seems to be an implicit positive bias, and ‘holier than thou’ attitude in the minds of many, both Jews and non-Jews, for the Jewish people that I bristle against.”
            “Well, since they read and write backward, maybe their thinking is backward also.”
            “Just admit it already: you are a Jew.”

            Once again the definition of antisemite: a person who has a hostile, prejudiced attitude toward Jews.

            Your words Jeff, they are what define you here in this comment section…perhaps you should spend a little more time choosing which ones you use. You’ve aligned yourself with people who are further left than AOC and Hillary Clinton, that’s your choice and one you are free to make. Do you support the rioting and destruction seen by these mobs of terrorist supporters as well?

          • Steve, you are unhinged. NOTHING that I stated there demonstrates a hostility towards the Jewish people! A hostility towards the unequal and parasitical relationship that the state of Israel has with the US government, yes, and a hostility towards dual-loyalty US politicians, yes again. But you are stretching the truth far beyond the breaking point to assign any of those statements to “antisemitism” (particularly one or two comments made in obvious jest, which in snowflake-fashion send you in divorced-from-reality histrionics).

            Honestly, you only make a fool of yourself in looking for, and pretending to find, nonexistent boogeyman of “antisemitism” under every bed and under every rock. But do please continue — it is enlightening, and tells us much more about you than it does about me.

          • Just like I said “I could quote you over and over but you will deny or simply ignore it, just like you’ve done in the past when quoted.” There your words Jeff, just a few of them, right up there ^ deny, deny, deny. Don’t like the meaning of a word, you ignore it. Don’t like seeing your own words, deny them. It’s a fascinating world you live in Jeff, no accountability for anything you say…ever, because everything you say is meaningless even to yourself.

          • Steve, please seek the psychiatric help that you so obviously and desperately need.

            I am denying nothing, merely pointing out your unhinged obsession over statements that you obviously cannot understand and completely (and hatefully) misconstrue with total dishonesty and malice.

            For example, asking you if you are a Jew is, to any rational person, NOT a reflection of any supposed ‘antisemitism’, it is simply a logical response to the wildly obsessed and paranoid comments of one who has a deep emotional commitment of a victimization/persecution complex, as you demonstrate here again and again. Why would anyone who is NOT a self-aggrieved Jew respond as you have to the many comments here, from myself and others, criticizing the one-sided and unhealthy relationship of the state of Israel with the USA with the kneejerk and specious accusation of ‘antisemitism’? Your words betray you, Steve.

            OK, I am done with you, and with your pro-Zionist extremist and treason. It soils me to even have to respond to the egregiously arrogant and ridiculous lies that you keep spouting here.

          • “Why would anyone who is NOT a self-aggrieved Jew respond as you have to the many comments here.”

            Because Jeff, people who have a conscience and who’ve heard the horrors that were committed by the terrorists Hamas on Jews in Israel on October 7th don’t make antisemitic jokes about it as you are now admitting to making. People with any shred of moral fiber don’t standby while others callously comment on every single article about Jews about how they aren’t antisemitic while actively posting antisemitic statements over and over. You could have simply said you disagree with the US spending money in Israel and leave it at that, but you didn’t because you couldn’t help but kick people while they are down…that’s just who you are Jeff.

          • Seriously, it’s very very telling that you can’t even imagine a single reason why anyone “who is NOT a self-aggrieved Jew” would respond rhe way I have to the repeated antisemitic statements of a few posters here. Not one single reason…very telling.

          • Obsession: a persistent, disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling.

            Neurosis: a mental disorder that causes a sense of distress and deficit in functioning.

            Obstinate: stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion.

            Mendacity: a pervasive tendency to lie.

            Condescension: an attitude of patronizing superiority.

            Bully: to habitually intimidate, abuse or harass.

            These are the words which define the character of Steve-O.

          • Jeff,
            I’m glad to see you taking an interest in the meaning of words, I hope and trust you will find that once you actually understand the meaning of the words you use you will be able to have a meaningful conversation. I take pride in knowing that I played a part in helping spark this very basic interest you’ve recently taken up. Learning new things and understanding them opens up a whole world of knowledge.

  2. And our government swore to protect us by letting in millions of Potential terrorist. What could possibly go wrong? We are going to see some incident soon as to keep the media away from Biden crime family. Remember the last time a large terrorist incident happened. We invaded two countries and fought wars for 10 years.

  3. Most of the main stream reporters are communist operatives. Are you just figuring this out.?? 90% of them should be executed for treason. The chickens are coming home to roost. Let the games begin


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