Earlier in the week, we posted about an op-ed by Abdel Bari-Atwan at the British Muslim news site 5 Pillars which praised Hamas’s rocket attacks on Israel as “heroic”, and argued that it’s the duty of “all Muslims and Arabs” to join the terror group’s violent resistance against the Jewish state.
As we observed in our post, the piece arguably represents one of the clearest examples of a mainstream* English-language British media outlet praising a proscribed terror group and inciting violence we’ve ever come across. (*5 Pillars is regulated by IMPRESS)
We sent an email to 5 Pillars’ editor, asking if he was prepared to defend their decision to publish such a call to arms, and reminding him that, under the under the Terrorism Act of 2000, “it is illegal to make statements in support of a terrorist organisation”.
Today, we received a response notifying us that, in light of our complaint, they made the decision to fully retract the article.
Here’s what you see now when you open the link.