Globe & Mail Reporter Eric Reguly Publishes Lengthy Regurgitation Of Hamas Talking Points

In an April 5 opinion commentary in The Globe & Mail entitled: “A young life in Gaza, shattered,” Eric Reguly, the newspaper’s European bureau chief, ostensibly wrote about the life of the youth in the Gaza Strip during the war, but in reality, he used his platform to whitewash Hamas’s crimes and intentions.

Though journalists are typically tasked to keep their opinions at bay and are required to be politically neutral, Reguly was granted a platform by the Globe to opine on the conflict between Israel and Hamas. He shared that one young Gazan, Nada Thabet Dughmosh, heard the noises that started the war on October 7, writing that: “The sounds she heard came from the start of the Hamas attacks on Israel. Hamas fired thousands of primitive rockets from the 41-kilometre-long strip they controlled. At the same time, Hamas militants launched a chaotic incursion into Israel that would kill around 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and take 253 hostages. Hours later, when the Israeli counterattack began, any Gazans’ hopes for a Hamas victory vanished; outright fear set in.”

Whatever adjectives can be used to describe Hamas’ massacres that day, chaotic is likely not the first word that comes to mind. Intelligence reports say that Hamas had been planning the attacks of October 7 since 2014. Funded by Iran’s theocratic rulers, Hamas had been training its fighters for years in preparation for this attack. They conducted a simultaneous invasion of the Gaza border towns. Hamas’s inhuman beheadings were calculated. Hamas committed mass rapes, brutalized dead bodies, incinerated whole families, and threw grenades inside bomb shelters.

Hamas terrorists often live-streamed their actions. The uniformly bestial way the attack was committed was a planned strategy, as were the kidnapping of 253 innocents, including children, 130 of whom are still languishing in Hamas captivity today.

Released hostages report inhumane conditions, including sexual abuse at gunpoint, being kept underground with insufficient oxygen, and more.

Reguly’s dismissive writing of Hamas’ October 7 massacres adds insult to injury and keep in mind that he previously lauded Canada’s resumption of funding to UNRWA, an organization whose staff carried out atrocities:

He called Hamas rockets “primitive,” downplaying their danger. These rockets have for years been destroying Israeli infrastructure, instilling fear into Israeli residents who live close to the border, their effects mitigated only by Israel’s highly sophisticated Iron Dome defense system. They and their intent should not be dismissed either.

Astonishingly, Reguly’s article reads as if he has insufficient knowledge about Hamas.

Hamas’ charter clearly states their intent to obliterate Israel. Yahye Sinwar, Hamas’s leader, has openly stated his intention to repeat the October 7 acts of terror against Israel until the Jewish State is destroyed. Hamas has forced Israel into a war for its survival. Reguly conveniently avoided this fact and even dared to use quotation marks to query “Hamas’s “terror” tunnels” where these violent destructive forces hide, communicate, travel, and murderously fight. 

Reguly’s article also referenced Hamas’s casualty figures without mentioning his source, saying “the death toll now stands at more than 32,000, according to Gazan health officials.”

What Reguly chose not to share is that those “health officials” are from the Gaza Health Ministry, a wholly run subsidiary of Hamas.

Not only are those figures unverified, they do not differentiate between combatants and civilians, or between those killed in Israeli strikes or by errant Palestinian rockets.

Additionally, the numbers themselves simply do not add up, as Abraham Wyner, Professor of Statistics and Data Science at The Wharton School points out in a recent report. Here again, Reguly misrepresented Hamas propaganda as credible.

In contrast to Hamas, Israel has always desperately wanted peace. In 2005, Israel disengaged from Gaza and forcibly removed its citizens to give the land to Gaza. Undeterred by these facts, Reguly gave oxygen to the lie that Gaza is an “open air prison.”

Given the murderous intent of Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ), who have smuggled weapons into Gaza, Israel has little choice but to control who is allowed into its territory.

In addition, video footage shows considerable luxury in Gaza. The comparison to a prison stops there. Indeed, as far back as 2020, Hamas was calling on Gazans to stop posting on social media, afraid of how the reality would conflict with their carefully constructed propaganda. Footage showing the luxury malls, homes, and restaurants flies in the face of the poverty-stricken image Hamas curates.

In writing a one-sided opinion commentary inverting the inconvenient facts, Reguly has written a commentary that Hamas would endorse.

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