CBC Reporter Compares ISIS Terrorists to Foreign Recruits of Israeli Forces

April 23, 2015

On Israel Independence Day no less, CBC Mideast Bureau Chief Sasa Petricic issued the following tweet which implicitly drew a moral equivalence between ISIS terrorists and foreign recruits to Israel’s armed forces.

Comparing ISIS’ recruitment from abroad, with a democratic country’s obligation to protect its citizenry from threats by internationally-designated terror groups is beyond the pale.

Israel faces the scourge of radical Islam on all its borders and requires a conscripted army, and welcomes the support of foreign recruits, in its battle against Islamic extremists and those who pledge to wipe Israel from the map.

ISIS subjugates and persecutes its people, beheads infidels and seeks an Islamic caliphate and world domination. Individuals from abroad who elect to join Israel’s army do so to protect the Jewish state from threats like ISIS, Hamas, and Iran. They volunteer to put their lives on the line (and on hold) and leave their families behind. Many of these “Lone Soldiers” are from Canada. In fact, 3% of Israel’s overseas soldiers are Canadians. Their efforts are entirely praiseworthy, are heroic, and are worthy of our admiration.

Importantly, the Haaretz article that Petricic linked to makes no mention of ISIS. Petricic made this observations entirely on his own and he felt it necessary to relay this comment to his 11, 400 Twitter followers.

To further compound this issue, Petricic’s comments came one day after Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day. On that day, Petricic was accused by Israeli diplomat and spokesperson Paul Hirschson of “cynicism” for the following Tweet he authored about Israel recognizing (and then subsequently retracting recognition) of Mohammed Abu Khdeir as a terror victim at Mount Herzl:

As well, in March Petricic was accused by Haaretz journalist Anshel Pfeffer of having issued a tweet that he claimed was a “gross misrepresentation” of his analysis of what gave Benjamin Netanyahu his election victory.

Today’s tweet, however, should be viewed as the straw that broke the camel’s back. Petricic’s implicit drawing of a moral equivalence between ISIS terrorists and foreign recruits to Israel’s armed forces must be challenged.

Please send complaints to CBC Editor-in-Chief Jennifer McGuire at: Jennifer.McGuire@CBC.CA.

UPDATE (2:46PM): Following our complaint, Sasa Petricic issued the following Tweet:



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