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Harry’s Place Facing Hamas Lawsuit

Hot on the heels of the Mark Steyn/Maclean’s case in Canada, a British law firm, acting on behalf of Mohammed Sawalha, the President of the British Muslim Initiative and mastermind of “much of Hamas’ political and military strategy”, has filed suit against UK blog Harry’s Place:

Mr Sawalha claims that we have “chosen a malevolent interpretation of a meaningless word”. In fact, we did no more than translate a phrase which appeared in an Al Jazeera report of Mr Sawalha’s speech. When Al Jazeera changed that phrase from “Evil Jew” to “Jewish Lobby”, we reported that fact, along with the statement that it had been a typographical error.

Mr Sawalha says that the attribution of the phrase “Evil Jew” to him implies that he is “anti-semitic and hateful”. Notably, he does not take issue with our reporting of the revelation, made in a Panorama documentary in 2006, that he is a senior activist in the clerical fascist terrorist organisation, Hamas.

A member of Hamas has no reputation to defend.

If Mr Sawalha persists in attempting to silence us with this desperate legal suit, we will need your help.

We won’t be able to stand up to them alone.

  1. Vincent says:

    Appreciate the insight, dude.

  2. Chris Holman says:

    This word ??????

    Seems to be the problem. DaveM stretches it a teeny bit, but it does mean noxious, pernicious, or hurtful. So, the intent is clearly there. It can mean unhealthy, unwholesome, or calamitous too. In any case…


  3. Vincent says:

    I think you can find the information you seek here.

  4. Chris Holman says:

    All of that and not one instance of the original statement? I’d love to see the Arabic; although I have no doubts that many in HAMAS are complete, anti-semitic assholes. Point being, the most important element to the entire incident is apparently missing. I tried to find it…but couldn’t.

    Anyone see what I’m missing?

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