Minister Benny Gantz (National Unity) on Thursday morning responded to reports noting that foreign journalists covered the October 7 massacre from the beginning, implying that they had prior knowledge of what was to come.
In response, Gantz clarified: "Journalists found to have known about the massacre, and still chose to stand as idle bystanders while children were slaughtered - are no different than terrorists and should be treated as such."
The HonestReporting report revealed that Gaza-based photojournalists from prominent international news agencies crossed into Israeli territory to document Hamas’ October 7 attack against Israeli towns located near the Gaza border.
"Hamas terrorists were not the only ones who documented the war crimes they committed during their deadly rampage across southern Israel. Some of their atrocities were captured by Gaza-based photojournalists…whose early morning presence at the breached border area raises serious ethical questions," the organization noted.
"Is it conceivable to assume that ‘journalists’ just happened to appear early in the morning at the border without prior coordination with the terrorists? Or were they part of the plan?" the organization queried.
HonestReporting also pointed out that even if the photojournalists did not know the exact details of what was going to happen, "once it unfolded did they not realize they were breaching a border? And if so, did they notify the news agencies? Some sort of communication was undoubtedly necessary — before, after or during the attack — in order to get the photos published."
Legal experts have noted that crossing a recognized border illegally along with hostile belligerents is a war crime.