The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) unequivocally condemns the appalling comments made by Ghada Karmi during a recent appearance on Sky News. Karmi’s comments, filled with blatant distortions and apologism for Hamas terrorists, undermine the principles of truth, justice, and accountability.
During the segment with anchor Kay Burley on November 21, 2023, Ghada Karmi shockingly referred to Hamas terrorists as “fighters.” This deliberate mischaracterisation of terrorists as fighters not only downplays their egregious acts of violence but also shows a blatant disregard for the lives lost due to Hamas’ heinous actions.
Karmi’s assertion that Hamas “broke out of this stifling siege” on October 7, 2023, when it carried out a massacre of 1,200 innocent Israelis, is not only a gross distortion of facts but also a disservice to the victims and their families. This massacre was an act of terrorism, plain and simple, and attempts to justify it or glorify Hamas’s actions are morally reprehensible.
Furthermore, Karmi’s denial of Hamas using hospitals and civilian infrastructure as terrorist sites flies in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Multiple reports and investigations have revealed Hamas’ tactics of using civilian areas as shields, putting innocent lives at risk. To deny this reality is to turn a blind eye to the suffering of both Israelis and Palestinians caught in the crossfire.
Ghada Karmi’s attempt to shift blame onto Western governments, especially the United States, rather than acknowledging Hamas’ complicity in the October 7 massacre is anti-West dogma that attempts to absolve Hamas of any culpability.
The NJA calls on responsible media outlets to ensure that their platforms are not misused to apologise for Hamas, spread misinformation, and distort the reality of Palestinian terrorism.