A pro-Palestinian guest of Fox News host Sean Hannity refused to answer his repeated questions about whether he believed the militant group Hamas was a terrorist organization Thursday night.
In a heated exchange, Hannity said Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center, could not seem to get a simple question through his "thick head." Munayyer had earlier in the interview retorted to one question that Israel should end its "decades-long military occupation of Palestinian territory."
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"You're making a rationalization for rockets and kidnapping and murder, and you want to blame the victims in this case!" Hannity said.
"The only people blaming the victim here is you," Munayyer said.
Hannity then asked Munayyer whether Hamas, which calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, was a terror organization, as it has been designated by the United States and its allies.
"Thank you for your question, and now I will provide an answer," he said. "It's very telling to me, and it should be telling to your viewers as well, by the way, that the moment you have a Palestinian voice on your program who begins to explain the legitimate grievances of Palestinians on the ground, not just Hamas."
"Answer the question!" Hannity yelled. "Is Hamas a terrorist organization?"
"The United States certainly considers Hamas a terrorist organization, we all know that," Munayyer said.
"I ask what you think! Can you hear?" Hannity asked.
Munayyer said they would not make any progress if Hannity simply yelled at him, setting the host off.
"What part of this can't you get through your thick head? Is Hamas a terrorist organization? Yes or no? Yes or no?" Hannity asked, his voice rising.
Munayyer claimed to have responded, although he never had. Hannity kept at it but never received an answer.
Fellow guest Dr. Zuhdi Jasser reminded Munayyer the question was relevant because Hamas had started the war with Israel, used human shields and launched rockets into civilian populations.