Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday screamed at a Palestinian visitor who refused to answer whether he saw extremist group Hamas, the elected party of Palestinian territory, as a terrorist association.
The trade from Hannity directed towards Youssef Munayyer, the leader of a pro-Islamic group called The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center based in Washington, was antagonistic from the start as Hannity blamed Munayyer for advocating Hamas continue firing rockets into Israel. Hannity also accused Munayyer of faulting the casualties of the clash on the wrong party.
"Is Hamas a terrorist organization?" Hannity demanded.
“Do I get to actually speak now?” Munayyer responded.
“You get to answer the question, it’s a simple yes or no question,” Hannity retorted.
“Sir, you invited me on here as a guest,” Munayyer pleaded.
“I’m asking a question," Hannity persisted. "Is Hamas, whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel, is that a terrorist organization? That’s a yes or no question.”
“Thank you for your question and now I will provide an answer,” Munayyer finally relinquished. “It’s very telling to me, and it should be telling to your viewers by the way, that the moment you have a Palestinian voice on your program who begins to explain the legitimate grievances of Palestinians on the ground, not just Hamas...”
Hannity then started yelling at Munayyer to answer the question as posed initially.
"Am I a guest on your program or am I on the witness stand here?" Munayyer begged to know.
"Yeah you're a guest, but you don't get to filibuster," Hannity fired back. "Answer, is Hamas a terrorist organization?"
Munayyer answered that the American governmental apparatus has assigned the terrorist designation to Hamas accordingly, inciting an additional flood of incredulous vitriol from Hannity.
"What part of this can't you get through your thick head?" the controversially conservative Fox News talking head inquired rhetorically.
As the confrontation arrived at its angry end, Munayyer inquired as to whether he would get to make his points without interruption.
"You had your chance," Hannity quipped as he cut off his visitor. "You didn’t say Hamas is a terrorist organization. Goodbye.”