On November 21, CBC Radio aired several reports throughout the day that briefly covered the Hamas terror attack in Jerusalem where an Israeli was killed and four other Israelis were injured in the shooting attack.
CBC had broadcast reports by freelancer Irris Makler about the U.K.’s decision to ban Hamas in its entirety as a terror group at 7:08 and 9:06am and also at 11:35am and 1:05pm which concluded with a reference to the terror attack.
All reports mentioned that there was a shooting attack in Jerusalem, but none of the reports mentioned that an Israeli civilian was murdered and that 4 other Israelis were injured by the Hamas terrorist. Eli Kay (pictured below) was a 26-year-old Western Wall tour guide and a former lone soldier. The four injured Israelis included two border police officers who have been released from hospital.
The two early morning reports were more lengthy than the two latter reports which were abridged. The two mid-day reports only noted that “There was a shooting attack in the old city. Hamas has claimed responsibility,” whereas the earlier reports covered the identity of the attacker. Again, none of the reports covered the Israelis casualties of the attack.
One of Makler’s reports said the following of the attacker: “It was carried out by Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, a teacher of Islamic Studies at a Jerusalem municipal high school, he was not known to be a militant.” Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Abu Shkhaydam dressed like an orthodox Jewish man to hide his identity and to conceal his weapon.
In contradiction to Makler’s claim, YnetNews notes the following: “Public Security Minister Omer Barlev said on Sunday that the Palestinian gunman behind the attack in Jerusalem’s Old City was a senior member of Palestinian terrorist group Hamas’ political wing and that his wife fled the country several days prior.”
Importantly, CBC News.ca has not covered this serious attack, whereas CTV News, National Post, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, etc. did all provide coverage. CBC instead elected to give coverage to the following story on November 22: “Netanyahu called a ‘control freak’ by former aide during corruption trial testimony”.
HonestReporting Canada has communicated our concerns directly to CBC News in the hopes that our public broadcaster will provide coverage of the Israeli victims of this Hamas terror attack and to take remedial action to set the record straight that Israel claims the attacker was a known member of Hamas. We await the CBC’s response to our concerns.
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