New York Times Rehires, Defends Journalist Who Praised Hitler

The New York Times is facing backlash on social media after it was revealed that the far-left newspaper had rehired and defended a Palestinian journalist and videographer who repeatedly praised Adolph Hitler — tasking the man with covering the Israel-Hamas war.

Soliman Hijjy praised Hitler in multiple Facebook posts. In one post from 2012, he wrote, “How great you are, Hitler,” according to media watchdog group HonestReporting. Another shocking post from 2018 included a picture of himself with an Arabic caption that translates to: “I’m in tune like Hitler during the holocaust.”

In more recent social media posts, Hijjy has defended terrorism — writing that Hamas rockets fired at Israeli citizens were a part of “the resistance.”

As a freelance videographer, his work was first published by the New York Times between 2018 and 2021. Now, Hijjy’s work covering the Israel-Hamas war has appeared on the New York Times’ website nearly every day since October 12 — prompting backlash from Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, who slammed the paper on social media.

“The [New York Times] has just rehired a NAZI. Let that sink in,” Erdan wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Soliman Hijjy praises Hitler, and the NYT rehired him.”

The ambassador went on to cite the New York Times’s recent decision to push Hamas propaganda about the explosion at a hospital in Gaza — where the paper falsely claimed that Israel was responsible for the explosion and refused to retract the reporting after evidence showed that the incident was caused by a Hamas rocket misfire.

“We all saw how the NYT immediately parroted Hamas’ lies regarding the al-Ahli hospital (which Hijjy contributed to) and still refuses to retract these fabrications. Spreading Hamas propaganda and rehiring a Holocaust-praising terror supporter, actively stokes antisemitism,” Erdan’s post continued.

In a statement to Fox News, the New York Times defended its decision to rehire Hijjy — arguing that the pro-Hitler videographer had “maintained high journalistic standards.”

“We reviewed problematic social media posts by Mr. Hijjy when they first came to light in 2022 and took a variety of actions to ensure he understood our concerns and could adhere to our standards if he wished to do freelance work for us in the future,” a spokesperson for the New York Times wrote in the statement. “Mr. Hijjy followed those steps and has maintained high journalistic standards. He has delivered important and impartial work at great personal risk in Gaza during this conflict.”