Rescued Israeli hostage, Almog Meir Jan, is suing a U.S. nonprofit tied to Hamas. Jan, 22, was held captive by Hamas for nearly 250 days after the Oct. 7 terrorist attack. He was found in the home of Abdallah Aljamal, who was a contributor to The Palestine Chronicle and a spokesman for the Hamas-run labor ministry in Gaza. Aljamal was killed during the IDF’s rescue mission.

The lawsuit, filed in Washington state’s western district court, claims that The Palestine Chronicle, run by the tax-exempt People Media Project, employed Aljamal and supported Hamas propaganda.

“Defendants employed and compensated Hamas Operative Aljamal, aiding and supporting terrorism,” the suit states. It also alleges that at least six Palestine Chronicle writers have ties to Iranian propaganda outlets and cites a 2019 opinion piece co-authored by Baroud and Aljamal.

Mark Goldfeder, Jan’s counsel, stated, “We filed this lawsuit because they knowingly supported a Hamas operative who held our client hostage.” Fellow counsel Jason Torchinsky added, “Palestine Chronicle needs to be held accountable for its support of the Hamas operative.”

Last month, Rep. Mike Lawler called on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Biden administration to revoke the People Media Project’s tax-exempt status following Jan’s rescue, citing the troubling involvement of a journalist in holding hostages.

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