Nation Correspondent Praises 'Martyrs' of Palestinian Violence

Mohammed El-Kurd has referred to Israelis as 'rabid dogs' and 'neonazi pigs' in other tweets

Masked Hamas supporters dressed as suicide bombers carry Korans as they march in a Hamas demonstration in Ain El Helweh Palestinian refugee camp September 29, 2002 in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon. Hundreds marched through the refugee camp, the largest in Lebanon, to commemorate the second anniversary of the intifada. / Getty Images
September 28, 2021

A correspondent for the Nation magazine praised the "martyrs" and the "glory" of the second intifada on Tuesday in a social media post celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Palestinian surge of violence and terror attacks against Israel that left thousands dead.

"Today marks 21 years since the start of the Second Intifada. Glory to those who resisted and sacrificed," wrote Mohammed El-Kurd, the "Palestine Correspondent" for the Nation, in a Twitter post on Tuesday. "Glory to the martyrs, the women and men whose makeshift weapons confronted artilleries, the children whose stones intimidated tanks. The struggle continues, until liberation."

The second intifada was a campaign of violence launched against Israeli citizens and directed by Palestinian leaders after the collapse of the Oslo peace negotiations in 2000. During the five-year onslaught, militants launched rocket attacks at civilians, and suicide bombers targeted restaurants and public areas in Israel, killing around 1,000 Israelis.

"The resistance of the Second Intifada forced Zionists to live fearfully, giving them a dose of their own poison," wrote El-Kurd. "Allegedly, an estimate of 300K settlers left back to where TF they came from during that period."

El-Kurd added that "no matter what the Zionists do, we will continue resisting."

While the Nation is a partisan magazine, reporters have typically tried to refrain from public expressions of naked bigotry toward those they cover. El-Kurd has a history of anti-Israel comments on social media. He has referred to Israelis as "rabid dogs" and "sadistic barbaric neonazi pigs that claim to be indigenous to our land" and argued that "Zionism is genocide."

The Nation hired El-Kurd as a "Palestine Correspondent" earlier this month. The Nation, a magazine that gained notice for its pro-Soviet commentary during the 1950s, describes its mission as speaking "truth to power to build a more just society."