Ha­mas beat us: jour­nal­ists

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC REPORTER

TWO PALES­TINIAN jour­nal­ists have re­vealed that they were ar­rested and tor­tured by Ha­mas af­ter crit­i­cis­ing the ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“I was blind­folded and forced to sit down on a tiny chair for three nights in a row. It was ex­tremely cold and I was de­nied sleep,” Ramzi Herza­l­lah, 27, told the Times. He and an­other Gaz­abased jour­nal­ist, Ay­man al-Aloul, were held for more than a week this month.

Mr al-Aloul, who is editor-in-chief of the Arab Now Agency, said that he was beaten dur­ing his cap­tiv­ity. Both men had crit­i­cised tax rises and blackouts and pub­lished pic­tures of Gazans scaveng­ing for food.

Ac­cord­ing to the Times, Mr Herza­l­lah had re­ferred to Ha­mas on so­cial me­dia sites as the “green oc­cu­pa­tion forces”.

The jour­nal­ists had used so­cial me­dia sites to call for the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity to take over Gaza’s bor­der with Egypt. Cairo closed the Rafah cross­ing for all but 21 days last year.

Mr al-Aloul said: “They [Ha­mas] man­aged to shut my mouth. I lost the bat­tle and they ob­vi­ously won it.”

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