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June 28, 2024 Special Dispatch No. 11425

PFLP-Linked Samidoun Network Continues To Serve Hamas's Media Outreach Efforts On Social Media Targeting Youth In English; Hosts Livestream Interview With Hamas Official Ghazi Hammad On X; YouTube Recently Banned The Group's Channels

June 28, 2024
Palestinians | Special Dispatch No. 11425

On June 25, 2024, the X account of the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network advertised a livestream interview with Hamas political bureau member Ghazi Hamad, scheduled for June 29.[1] The X post provided a link to the Masar Badil website, where users can register for the event.[2]


Samidoun's post on X, advertising the live interview with Hamas official Ghazi Hamad

Masar Badil, or the Palestinian Alternative Revolutionary Path Movement, is an Anti-Israel, pro- Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) NGO lead by Khaled Barakat, a Canada-based former PFLP official.[3] Barakat is married to Samidoun's International Coordinator Charlotte Kates, who was arrested in May 2024 by Canadian police after she delivered a speech at a rally in Vancouver, British Columbia, during which she expressed support for Hamas, the PFLP, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Lebanese Hizbullah and demanded that they be removed from Canada's terror list.[4]


The registration page on the Masar Badil website for the "webinar" with Hamas official Ghazi Hamad.

Samidoun regularly uses its X account to openly disseminate calls for "comprehensive escalation" of "global intifada" and besieging the White House.[5] This is not Samidoun's first platforming of a Hamas senior official. On May 26, Samidoun posted on its YouTube channel a recorded message from Hamas political bureau member Basem Naim, in which he addressed the participants of the Samidoun-organized "Resistance Festival" in Brussels, Belgium.[6] Earlier on May 5, the organization hosted an interview with Hamas Spokesman Osama Hamdan.


Samidoun's May 29 post on X calling for besieging the White House.


On X, Samidoun advertises a livestream interview with Hamas Spokesman Osama Hamdan

A June 5 statement of support for Yemen's attacks on U.S. and UK targets, signed by over 250 international jihadi and anti-Israel organizations was initiated and distributed by Samidoun and Masar Badil. Subsequently, the YouTube accounts of Samidoun and Charlotte Kates were blocked from the platform.[7]


Samidoun and its international coordinator Chrlotte Kates were blocked on YouTube after "severe and repeated violations" of the platform's "violent criminal organization policy" were found.

 

[1] X.com/SamidounPP/status/1805658751422414973, June 25, 2024.

[2] Masarbadil.org/en/2024/06/4852/, June 24, 2024.

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