Harry, Meghan, and Royals Condemn Hamas Attacks: BBC Avoids ‘Terrorism’ Label

(ReliableNews.org) – On October 7, the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas fired thousands of rockets upon Israel in a surprise attack that shocked the world. With the bombs in flight, the group launched a second coordinated attack by land, sea, and air, attacking 22 Israeli towns and military bases. Hamas killed civilians and military members indiscriminately — men, women, and children — and kidnapped many from their homes and off the streets. According to several sources, the death toll has reached over 1,200, and at least 25 Americans are among the dead. All over the world, leaders have responded to the tragic event, including the royals from the United Kingdom and those who now live in America.

What Did They Say?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan, made a brief announcement through The Archewell Foundation. They said, “We stand against all acts of terrorism and brutality.” The royal couple, alongside the foundation, said they are supporting Israel on the frontlines, giving them needed aid and helping the innocent victims subject to the atrocities currently happening in the region. The post was entitled “With Heavy Hearts.”

The Archewell Foundation is a non-profit organization within the Archewell organization founded by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Its mission is to do good in the world, bring about long-term change, and uplift communities by working with key partners and leaders who can help make that possible. The foundation is working with those very organizations to reach those currently in need in Israel.

Who Else Spoke Out?

Prince Harry and Meghan’s announcement followed a similar statement from the Duke of Sussex’s father, King Charles III, his brother, Prince William, and sister-in-law Princess Kate. The Daily Mail reported that their statement called the attacks by Hamas “barbaric.” Notably, the outlet said the BBC and the royal family have avoided referring to Hamas as a terrorist organization, but rather called its actions “terrorism.” While that’s a subtle distinction, the Daily Mail said the delineation was deliberate, referring to the group as militant rather than terroristic.

Regardless of the label, all members of the royal family have condemned the actions of Hamas. King Charles reportedly called Israeli President Isaac Herzog to offer thoughts and prayers to the suffering families. He also reportedly spoke with King Abdullah of Jordan. The Prince and Princess of Wales said they were “profoundly distressed” about “Hamas’ terrorist attack.” According to Buckingham Palace, the King is keeping up to date on all the latest developments from the war.

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