Hitler-Praising, Hamas-Loving Videographer Rehired by New York Times for Gaza War

October 21st, 2023 7:37 PM

Some media outlets feel so prestigious that they're shameless. Freelance videographer and Hitler-loving Palestinian Soliman Hijjy is back at the New York Times covering the new war started by the terrorist group Hamas, the New York Post reported:

A New York Times reporter who came under fire last year for a praising Adolf Hitler in multiple resurfaced Facebook posts was rehired by the Gray Lady to cover the Israel-Palestine war.

Palestinian filmmaker Soliman Hijjy hailed the Nazi leader as recently as 2018 in a post on Facebook, when he shared a photo of himself captioned that he was “in a state of harmony as Hitler was during the Holocaust,” per a translation from Arabic by pro-Israel media watchdog site Honest Reporting.

That same year, Hijjy was hired by the Times as a freelance journalist and worked on a slew of “visual investigations” published by the organization through 2021, including one on an Israeli airstrike that killed 44 people.

Hijjy’s 2018 post -- including a 2012 Facebook post where he wrote, “How great you are, Hitler” in Arabic alongside a photoshopped image of Hitler seemingly taking a selfie -- were unearthed last year, when pro-Israel outlets called out the Times for hiring antisemitic journalists as freelancers.

At the time, Hijjy didn’t appear to be working for the Times anymore, and had since taken down his controversial pro-Hitler posts.

Now he's back in the Times. The Post explained that “Hijjy’s byline has appeared in the publication nearly every day since Oct. 12,” work that included this video clip, “Devastation in Gaza After Hospital Blast,” where HIjjy has the lead byline of four contributors.

The Times defended its rehiring decision to the Post:

“We reviewed problematic social media posts by Mr. Hijjy when they first came to light in 2022 and took a variety of actions to ensure he understood our concerns and could adhere to our standards if he wished to do freelance work for us in the future….Mr. Hijjy followed those steps and has maintained high journalistic standards. He has delivered important and impartial work at great personal risk in Gaza during this conflict.”

One nugget dug up by Honest Reporting is especially relevant now, with Hamas’s murder and rape and kidnapping of Jewish civilians:

In addition to his admiration for Nazism, Soliman Hijjy seems to be a mouthpiece for the US-designated Hamas terror organization that controls the Gaza Strip. On more than one occasion, he has justified war crimes against Israeli civilians by describing indiscriminate rocket attacks as “resistance.”

The Times also dropped photographer Hosam Salem, “was also accused last year of sharing antisemitic social media posts” after the same Honest Reporting investigation.

Yet a photograph Salem took from Gaza City in 2021 was resurrected to accompany an extremely slanted piece by Gaza-based reporter Raja Abdulrahim on October 7, immediately after the Hamas invasion of Israel, “Gaza Has Suffered Under 16-Year Blockade.”

This is the same news organization whose woke staff pitched a fit after the paper published an op-ed by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas that called for military intervention to stop rioting and looting in the wake of protests about the police killing of George Floyd. (After staff outcry, a cringe-worthy editor’s note was appended to the top of Cotton's op-ed, and opinion editor James Bennet was soon forced out.) But Hitler- and Hamas-lovers simply come and go!