Rescued hostage sues US nonprofit with ties to journalist who held him captive

Rescued hostage Almog Meir Jan is reunited with his family at Sheba Medical Center, June 8, 2024. (IDF)
Rescued hostage Almog Meir Jan is reunited with his family at Sheba Medical Center, June 8, 2024. (IDF)

Rescued hostage Almog Meir Jan is suing US nonprofit the People Media Project, which has ties to the journalist that held him captive, Fox News reports.

Jan was held by Abdallah Aljamal, a spokesman for the Hamas-run labor ministry in Gaza who has contributed to several news outlets in the past, and was a correspondent for the Palestine Chronicle, which is run by the nonprofit.

“Under the leadership of Defendants [editor-in-chief] Ramzy Baroud and [People Media Project governor] John Harvey, Defendant Palestine Chronicle employed Hamas Operative Aljamal and offered him its US platform to write and disseminate Hamas propaganda, ultimately subsidized, through its status as a tax-exempt charitable organization, by US taxpayers,” the court filing set to be submitted to Washington state’s western district court reads, as cited by the report.

The filing says that the defendants “knowingly and willfully procured and disseminated Hamas propaganda to the Palestine Chronicle’s readers in the United States.”

“Following the Hamas terror attacks of October 7, while Hamas Operative Aljamal imprisoned Plaintiff, Defendants permitted Hamas Operative Aljamal to use their platform to whitewash Hamas’s crimes and attract international support for its terrorist cause.”

“By providing this platform to Hamas Operative Aljamal and compensating Hamas Operative Aljamal for his propaganda, Defendants aided, abetted, and materially supported both Hamas Operative Aljamal and Hamas itself in their acts of terrorism, including kidnapping and holding Plaintiff hostage for 246 days, in violation of international law,” the filing adds, according to the report.

Jan was rescued along with 27-year-old Andrey Kozlov and 40-year-old Shlomi Ziv by Israeli special forces who raided the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza. All three were seized on October 7 along with dozens of others at the Nova outdoor music festival where terrorists massacred over 360 people.

Another Israeli hostage, 26-year-old Noa Argamani, was rescued from a nearby building during the same operation.

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