WaPo sympathizes with Palestinian terrorists in ‘shameful’ puff piece: ‘They can’t help themselves’

The Washington Post once again is giving sympathetic cover to Palestinian terrorists in a puff piece, “legitimizing” the terrorist group and its hatred of Israelis.

Washington Post reporter Steve Hendrix wrote the fawning piece “‘Tomorrow’s martyrs’: Inside a Palestinian militant cell in the West Bank.” It was published on Monday.

Hendrix recounted his so-called embedding with the designated terrorist group al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. He was reportedly joined by Italian photographer Lorenzo Tugnoli. They tagged along for the group’s antics over three days. Hendrix went into great detail concerning the daily activities of the militants and their leader “Zoufi.”

The leftist reporter claimed that the experience “afforded a rare window into the lives and actions of fighters on one side of the worst violence to grip the West Bank in decades.”

“In the daylight hours, the men rested out of the sun and watched TikTok videos, many of them showing the funerals of militants killed in recent Israeli raids,” Hendrix sympathetically wrote. “…Most of the fighters said they are focused on defense, shooting back at Israeli forces that enter the camps. But several said Jewish settlers in the West Bank also are considered fair targets.”

The story, of course, featured photos of Palestinian children at the graves of their “fighter” relatives to pull on the heartstrings of those reading and to potentially stir animosity against Israel. Terrorists armed to the teeth whined over the “grim and growing” death toll of Palestinians at the hands of “Israeli military raids.”

One such raid was the Jenin operation where an Israeli soldier was killed and 12 terrorists were sent to the hereafter. It targeted “the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for all terror activities emanating from the Gaza Strip,” according to Israeli leaders.

Fox News reporter Yael Halon did great reporting on the Washington Post crawling into terrorist outposts for the headline. He gave no quarter to Hendrix or his purported bias against Israel.

“Hendrix said Israel’s raids and ongoing mayhem in the West Bank leaves fighters like Zoufi feeling compelled to take up arms, filling several paragraphs about the terror leader with details of his upbringing and earlier life,” Halon wrote.

“Zoufi has been an on-and-off fighter, his life mirroring the rhythm of the Israel-Palestinian conflict,” Hendrix stated in the Washington Post, noting that Zoufi inspired “both fear and fealty.” He noted that the leader of the terror group was “active in the second intifada as a teenager and served more than six years in Israel’s Megiddo Prison for shooting and wounding a Jewish settler.”

“They started wielding their own weapons as a formal unit after a major Israeli incursion into Nablus in February that killed 11, including someone close to Zoufi,” Hendrix continued. “‘When you kill a friend, a fighter is born,’ Zoufi said, handing a half-eaten chunk of ka’ak — a Palestinian sesame bread — to the attendant always nearby with an M16 of his own.”

It’s not surprising that the Washington Post reporter spun the terrorists as the victims in his reporting but certainly brazen to push anti-Israeli bias so openly.

“Militants spoke ‘admiringly of gunmen who ambushed Israeli civilians, including an attack last year outside a Tel Aviv pub that killed three civilian Israelis and a mass shooting at a West Bank gas station that left four Israelis dead in June. They spoke of a secret ‘quick response’ team — ‘Even we don’t know who they are,’… two of whom carried out the gas station shooting,” the Washington Post detailed.

The leftist media outlet went on to recount how a 19-year-old terrorist decided to join the group after his best friend was killed by Israeli soldiers while they were throwing rocks. He claimed that before that he was “normal.”

Hendrix wrote that the sentiment among the terrorists is clear, asserting that “[t]here are no innocent Israelis… They kill our women and children. We will do the same.”

The reporter went on to remark that the fighters consider themselves “tomorrow’s martyrs.” He concluded by saying that the terrorists expect to die.

The puff piece was hammered by critics who have no love for terrorists the way the Washington Post seemingly does:

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