The Israeli military revealed on Sunday that Al-Jazeera journalist Mohammed Wishah simultaneously serves as a commander in the terrorist organization Hamas.
Avichay Andraee, the IDF's spokesperson for Arabic media, described the dual role of the Al-Jazeera journalist.
"In the morning, a journalist on Al Jazeera, and in the evening, a terrorist in Hamas!" Andraee stated. Al Jazeera was formed in 2006 and is funded and operated out of Qatar.
The senior IDF official revealed that Wishah served as a senior commander in Hamas' anti-tank missile unit, according to intelligence retrieved from the terrorist's laptop.
"During operations by our forces several weeks ago, inside one of the Hamas camps in the northern Gaza Strip, a laptop belonging to someone named Muhammed Samir Muhammed Wishah, born in 1986 from Bureij, was seized where it is clear from the documents that Muhammed Wishah is a prominent commander in the anti-tank missile units in the military wing of Hamas," Andraee said.
The IDF spokesperson further revealed that Wishah's deep affiliation with Hamas also included research and development work in the terror group's aerial units. Andraee presented photos of Wishah training Hamas terrorists and firing anti-tank missiles.
He predicted that IDF troops would likely discover more cases of Arab journalists who serve in the ranks of Hamas and other terrorist organizations.
"Who knows how many details we will reveal about the presence of other terrorists in journalistic uniforms in the near future?"
The IDF's English-language X account directly addressed the Al Jazeera network's affiliation with Hamas.
"Hey @AlJazeera, we thought your journalists were supposed to give unbiased reports on situations, not actively participate in creating them on the front lines as Hamas terrorists."
The revelation of Wishah's involvement with Hamas is only the latest example of individuals who use their journalism career as a civilian cover for their affiliation with terror groups. Some pundits have criticized the Jewish state for the growing number of journalists who have been killed or injured during military operations against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
In January, Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), blasted Israel for the deaths of two journalists and demanded an independent investigation and stressed that journalists are civilians, not combatants.
"The killings of journalists Hamza Al Dahdouh and Mustafa Thuraya must be independently investigated, and those behind their deaths must be held accountable. The continuous killings of journalists and their family members by Israeli army fire must end: journalists are civilians, not targets," Mansour said.
The Israeli military later presented evidence that Al Dahdouh and Thuraya were affiliated with terrorist organizations that actively fought against Israeli forces in Gaza.
Hamas operatives have deliberately embedded themselves in civilian infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, and mosques, exploiting the fact that the Israeli military seeks to avoid hitting civilian targets. T
The Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA is currently at the center of a growing scandal due to its close affiliation with Hamas, with evidence showing that at least 12 staff members participated in the Hamas massacres on Oct. 7. The reports have led to several large donor nations suspending their funding to UNRWA, including the United States.
The Israeli military recently discovered a top-secret Hamas intelligence center with weapons hidden below UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City.
Republished with permission from All Israel News.