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May 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Washington D.C.’s Newseum, a museum dedicated to the news media, announced on Monday that it will reevaluate its decision to include the names of two al-Aqsa cameramen in its tribute to 84 journalists who died in the line of duty in 2012. The two, Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi, were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. But Jewish groups and the Israeli Embassy have protested that the two were not journalists at all but dedicated terrorists working for Hamas. On Monday, Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said, “It is a dark day when members of a terrorist organization advancing their agenda through murderous violence are honored as part of a tribute to journalists killed in the line of duty. … Salama and Al-Kumi were terrorist operatives working for a network that routinely promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence. These men were working for a propaganda outlet, not a legitimate news organization.” The American Jewish Congress joined in the protest saying that “if Newseum opts to go forward with honoring Salama and al-Kumi, it will bring shame on itself for a shocking inability — or unwillingness — to distinguish between heroic journalists and brazen terrorists.” Some Jewish/pro-Israel groups threatened to pull their summer summit meeting out of the Newseum if it persisted in honoring the two men. Late Monday the Newseum released a statement saying, “We take the concerns raised about these two men seriously and have decided to reevaluate their inclusion as journalists on our memorial wall pending further investigation.”