Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Has targeted the Associated Press for allegedly sharing a workspace with Hamas after Israel went on a military strike against a building in Gaza that the Jewish state has offices for the terrorist organization.
There was an international protest among journalists over the weekend after Israel destroyed a building that included media bureaus such as the Associated Press and Al Jazeera, linked to intelligence that Hamas had military operations at the site. Journalists and residents were warned and evacuated before the strike.
While the Associated Press denies having any prior knowledge of Hamas’ presence during the 15 years it was housed in the building, Cotton expressed far more skepticism on the Senate floor.
“Why does the Associated Press share a building with Hamas?” Cotton asked Monday. “Surely these fearless reporters knew who their neighbors were.”
He continued: “Did they deliberately allow themselves to be used as a human shield by a US-designated terrorist organization? Did the AP pull back and refuse to report for years on Hamas atrocities?”
The Republican senator continued to mock the “dark reporters” who shifted the conflict between Israel and Hamas to focus on “themselves.”
“I claim that the AP has some awkward questions to answer, but the AP and its fellow journalists are in the dark about a perfectly appropriate Israeli air strike,” Cotton said. “Let the whining reporters make history and sacrifice when terrorists fire rockets at innocent civilians.”
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While journalists are urging Israel to release its data, which proves that Hamas is in the same building as the international media, former Obama aide Tommy Vieter seems to support the claim.
“I am sure that Hamas offices were in this building and that they purposefully co-operated with civilian operations. But this is not a new problem,” Vieter wrote on Twitter. “And if the ID wants to claim that the military effort is targeted, accurate, etc … then you should not hit this building.”
A Twitter user then asked Vietor why he was “sure” that Hamas was in this building.
He replied, “I talked to people who worked in the building.”