Terrorists from Hamas kidnapped Adina Mošeová (72) from Israel on a motorcycle, photographers were able to capture the crime in detail and extensively. Did they receive specific information about the attack in advance? This is just one of a number of serious questions posed by the Israeli non-governmental organization Honest Reporting in its report, which was highlighted by Bild, among others.
The photographers, whose pictures were bought by the world media, including the renowned Western ones, got to the place so quickly that they captured the rampage of Hamas terrorists live. The kidnapping of a seventy-two-year-old senior woman is one such case.
The kidnapping of Adina Mošeová on October 7 during an attack by the terrorist movement Hamas.
Beneath the photos of the AP agency, Hassan Aslája, Júsuf Masúd, Ali Mahmúd and Chátim Ali are mentioned as authors. The Reuters agency used photographs by photographers Muhammad Fajk abú Mustafa, Jásir Kúdih. These people cooperate externally with, for example, the CNN television station or the renowned The New York Times.
Honest Reporting asks whether it is possible to assume that the photographers in question received information about the attack in advance, or whether they were part of Hamas’ plans from the very beginning.
Photographers or infiltrators?
On the morning of October 7, Hassan Aslája crossed the border of Gaza, photographed a burning tank and also captured the attackers in Kibbutz Kfar Aza in his photographs. The Honest Report organization published pictures of his account on the X social network, which Aslája has now deleted. In them, the photographer is standing in front of an Israeli tank, without a helmet or a vest marked “Press”. The Human reports agency suggests that the photographer behaved more like one of the infiltrators who penetrated the territory of Israel on the fateful Saturday.
Photographer Abu Mustafa posted photos of a mob lynching an Israeli soldier pulled from a tank at the Israeli border. Photographers whose photos were published by Reuters took pictures of an Israeli tank on fire from the scene.
In addition, photos appeared on social networks in which Aslája posed with one of the leaders of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar. Aslája collaborated externally with the CNN television station. “We are aware of an article and photos regarding Hassan Aslaji, a freelance photographer who has worked with a number of international media outlets, including Israeli. Although we have found no reason to doubt the journalistic accuracy of the work he has done for us at this time, we have decided to suspend all contact with him,” CNN said.
Reuters: The images were taken two hours after the attacks began
Quite logically, the photos were harshly condemned by Israel’s highest officials. “These journalists participated in crimes against humanity, they violated professional ethics by their actions,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Journalists who knew about the massacre and yet stood idly by as children were murdered are no different from terrorists and should be treated as such,” Benny Ganc, a member of the war cabinet and former defense minister, said on the X social network.
Reuters categorically denied having any prior information about the barbaric attacks on October 7 when asked by German newspaper Bild.
“Reuters obtained the photographs from two freelance photographers from Gaza who were at the border on the morning of October 7, with whom he had no prior relationship. The photos released by Reuters were taken two hours after Hamas fired rockets into southern Israel and more than 45 minutes after Israel said the militants had crossed the border,” the agency said in a statement. The agency added that Reuters reporters were not in the locations mentioned in the article.