Today, in a report on its website, CBC News claimed that Hamas’ firing of 4,000+ rockets at Israel was done in retaliation for the clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protestors at the Temple Mount compound and due to slated evictions for Arabs who didn’t pay rent in the Sheikh Jarrah / Shimon HaTzadik neighbourhood.
CBC reported the following:
The most recent round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza, began last month when tensions escalated over an ongoing legal battle between Jewish settlers and several Palestinian families under threat of forced eviction their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem.
Israeli forces subsequently clashed with Palestinian protesters in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which is part of a holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City revered by both Muslims and Jews, and Hamas retaliated by firing rockets at Israel.”
Why did the CBC, our public broadcaster, adopt the Hamas terror group’s narrative claiming they acted in self defense and “retaliated,” versus how in an act of war and bona fide terrorism, Hamas indiscriminately fired thousands of deadly rockets at Israel unprovoked?
The CBC’s article centered around how “some Palestinian supporters say they think Facebook has suppressed content related to recent violence in the Middle East. The social media giant blamed a technical issue for impacting how users were able to share information.” CBC ignored how Facebook shut down a pro-Israel page that reportedly had 77 million followers, after a “cyber terrorism” campaign by “radical Islamic” groups — who coordinated to target it with hate speech.
CBC Toronto also featured a report by Ms. Ashry who claimed that: “Israeli forces attacked Palestinians in Al Aqsa compound.” She didn’t mention that Palestinians rioted and threw rocks and shot firecrackers at responding Israeli police.
Importantly, this CBC article lists CBC reporter Dalia Ashry as a contributor. HonestReporting Canada had previously filed a complaint with CBC News as Ms. Ashry’s Twitter page is rife with pro-Palestinian advocacy posts (see screen grabs appended below). While Ms. Ashry says her “Thoughts and views do not reflect my employer,” that goes against CBC policy, as journalists are required to refrain from commenting and taking stands on issues they cover.
HonestReporting Canada has communicated these concerns directly to CBC. Stay tuned to this page for future updates.