Al Jazeera’s Hamas man in Afghanistan

A friend and former government official who closely follows issued related to terrorism forwards a statement released by the Prime Minister’s office on the conviction in Israel of Al Jazeera Afghanistan bureau chief Samer Allawi. Allawi was recruited by Hamas in Pakistan and, working for Hamas chief Khaled Mashal, advanced Hamas’s goals while employing the resources of his employment by Al Jazeera. The Jerusalem Post reported on the story yesterday. Today’s statement announces:

Samer Farik Muhammad Allawi, born in 1966, from Sebastia [on the West Bank], who resides in Pakistan and serves as Al Jazeera’s Afghanistan bureau chief, was arrested on 9.8.11 at the Allenby Crossing, on suspicion of involvement in Hamas activities.

During his investigation by the Israel Security Agency, Allawi admitted that [he] was recruited in 1993, while in Pakistan, to Hamas. Until 2004, he served there as a member of the “Supreme Palestine Committee”, which supervises and directs Hamas institutions. He also collected donations for Hamas-affiliated organizations such as “Al-Aqsa Association” and the “Palestinian Information and Media Center.”

In the framework of his activities for the SPC, Allawi went to Syria in 2001 and 2003 in order to report on his activities to Musa Abu Marzook, deputy to Hamas Political Bureau Chairman Khaled Mashal. In 2004, Mashal asked Allawi to work for him. During his meetings in Syria, it was proposed that Allawi serve as Hamas’s representative in Iran but he declined.

Allawi also admitted that in 2000, during a meeting with a Hamas operative in Dubai, he agreed to carry out military or organizational activity for Hamas. He even proposed, on his own initiative, to work to aid Hamas in advancing its goals by utilizing his position as a journalist with Al Jazeera.

In 2006, Allawi met with Hamas operatives in Qatar, who served as Al Jazeera correspondents, and agreed with them that they would exploit their work with Al Jazeera in order to strengthen Hamas by – inter alia – criticizing American operations in Afghanistan and expressing support for the Palestinian “resistance.”

In 2010, during an additional meeting with Hamas operatives in Qatar, Allawi was asked to work to strengthen public opinion in support of Hamas and the Palestinian struggle by – inter alia – criticizing American activities.

Allawi’s investigation shows that Al Jazeera is exploited by Hamas, which makes use its journalists in order to advance its goals.

Allawi’s involvement in military activity in Afghanistan, between 1988-1992, also came up during his investigation. In the framework of the mujahedeen, he participated (in 1988) in an initiated raid by rebel forces on Afghan government forces, and also took part in activity against Soviet forces. In 1992, Allawi attended a military training course in Pakistan so that he might return to Afghanistan and serve as a military trainer.

Allawi was convicted yesterday (Monday), 26.9.11, according to his own confession, in the framework of a plea bargain, of conspiracy on behalf of a banned organization (Hamas). He was fined, sentenced to time already served and received a suspended sentence of three years.

The Committee to Protect Journalists protested Allawi’s detention in an August statement. The CPJ protested Allawi’s detention in another statement this month. Insofar as can be determined from a search of the CPJ Web site, it has not commented so far on Allawi’s confession/conviction.

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