Photo of the Day: Hamas

A few days ago, someone assassinated Saleh al-Arouri, a top Hamas commander and strategist in Beirut. Probably Israel; they don’t deny it.

After his death, his photograph was all over the news, and we were struck by this picture in particular; despite the military camouflage fatigues, he looks like a nice guy, like a person one might invite to Shabbat dinner, if one were the type of person who invites people to Shabbat dinner. Who is he talking to on the phone? Someone he likes. Someone pleasant. Someone who likes him and made him smile.

This isn’t to minimize the terrible things that Hamas has done or al-Arouri’s role in them. We were just struck by this photograph. Maybe you were, too.

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