The LA Times has published a false, tendentious, and hateful article by Moussa Abu-Marzouk of Hamas on its op-ed page.
Writing from Damascus, Abu Marzouk lies about history, lies about Israel’s actions, and lies about her intentions. He compares the Hamas charter’s poisonous antisemitism to the US constitution’s counting slaves as partial persons — but Hamas has passed no 14th amendment.
Abu Marzouk believes that murder of Israeli civilians inside the 1967 borders constitutes ‘resistance to occupation’. There can be no peace between Israel and the Palestinians in Marzouk’s view, unless Israel vanishes:
One of Hamas’s founding principals is that it does not recognize Israel. We [participated in] the elections and the people voted for us based on this platform. Therefore, the question of recognizing Israel is definitely not on the table unless it withdraws from ALL the Palestinian lands, not only to the 1967 borders. –Moussa Abu Marzouk, tr. by MEMRI
Abu Marzouk’s speech is hate speech. It is incitement to murder. Nevertheless, a newspaper in the US can legally print almost anything.
However, we don’t have to read that newspaper, on paper or on the Internet. We don’t have to link to articles on that newspaper’s website. And we don’t have to buy advertising in it.
I call on everyone who is opposed to murder and terrorism to say NO to the Hamas mouthpiece, the Los Angeles Times.
Update [11 July 0810 PDT]: Email the LA Times and tell them that they are giving a platform to murderers.
Update [11 July 0927 PDT]: Read HonestReporting’s response to Marzouk’s lies here.
Update [2011 22 June 1047 PDT]: Note that this was originally posted in 2007, almost four years ago. The LA Times is at it again, with another op-ed by Marzook on June 12, 2011. See Join the Boycott.