While appearing on MSNBC, Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, expressed his criticism of the network’s coverage of the ongoing conflict between Hamas and the Israeli military. Greenblatt, while expressing his sorrow and frustration, openly shared his anger towards a world that had allowed the dehumanization of Israelis and portrayed the terrorism of Hamas in a sanitized manner.
During an appearance on “Morning Joe,” Greenblatt, who expressed his appreciation for the show and the network, questioned the scriptwriters, suggesting they might as well be writing for Hamas given their portrayal of the situation. He provided a detailed account of the atrocities committed by Hamas members in Israel during a surprise attack over the weekend, emphasizing that they should not be labeled as fighters or militants but unequivocally as terrorists.
Greenblatt urged the media to focus on the human aspect of the conflict by interviewing Israeli parents who had tragically lost their children, and he implored them to stop referring to the situation as retaliation.
Instead, he emphasized that it was a defensive measure against an organization committed to the singular goal of killing Jews rather than seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict. He challenged anyone doubting the severity of the situation to watch the available footage.
On Monday, Greenblatt also appeared on the CNBC network, which is affiliated with MSNBC, and the rival network CNN. MSNBC did not provide an immediate response to a request for comment. The Anti-Defamation League refrained from offering any further comments.
By Monday afternoon, Israel had reported over 900 deaths from Hamas attacks, while the Palestinian health ministry said 680 casualties. It is worth noting that the U.S. designates Hamas as a terrorist group.
Furthermore, on Monday, the State Department confirmed that nearly 20 Americans were among the numerous fatalities from Hamas’ weekend attack. Additionally, there were reports of Hamas holding an undisclosed number of hostages in Gaza and threatening to broadcast executions of these hostages if Israel targeted civilians in Gaza.
All major Western media outlets provided live, continuous, breaking news coverage of the conflict throughout Monday.