Pulitzer-nominated photographer posted support for terrorism on Instagram
Wissam Nassar (Instagram)
A Pulitzer-nominated photographer whose work has been published in The New York Times and Time Magazine posted support for terrorism on his social media, i24NEWS has discovered.
Wissam Nassar posted pictures of the suspected terrorists behind the Barkan Industrial Estate and Ofra shooting attacks on Instagram, adding the text: “A sad morning that carries with it pride with the martyrs, and honor in resistance. ‘If you lost the way, follow the martyrs’.”
The Palestinian Gaza-based photographer uploaded it as a “story”, meaning it was deleted after 24 hours.
Palestinians Salih Omar Barghouti and Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa were killed in IDF manhunts on the night of 12 December. Barghouti was suspected of being part of a terror cell that committed the drive-by shooting outside the West Bank settlement of Ofra on the night of 9 December. The cell injured seven people, shooting a seven-months pregnant woman in the stomach—and forcing doctors to prematurely deliver the baby, who died three days later.
Na’alwa had been on the run for two months since the 7 October Barkan Industrial Estate attack, in which he shot dead two Israeli coworkers: 29-year-old Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel, whom he handcuffed before killing, and 35-year-old Ziv Hajbi.
Islamist terror group Hamas took responsibility for both attacks. Its armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said: “From the heroic Barkan operation to the Ofra operation, the Qassam Brigades are undertaking a new battle.”
Wissam Nassar’s work has been featured in Time Magazine and The New York Times, which used his photographs inside Gaza in articles on the “Great March of Return” protests and riots.
In 2015, Nassar was named a finalist in the Breaking News Photography category of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize “for capturing key moments in the human struggle in Gaza and providing a fresh take on a long, bloody conflict.” Time Magazine has run a feature on his work.
The New York Times and Wissam Nassar have not responded to i24NEWS' request for comment.
Eylon Levy is the i24NEWS investigative reporter.
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Fire the dude. Ungrateful human. Better yet give a one way ticket to Syria