Intersectionality is defined as: “The interconnected nature of social categorisations such as race, class, and gender, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.”
Anti-Israel detractors regularly exploit intersectionality to advance pro-Palestinian causes, oftentimes at the detriment of the cause they overlap.
Case in point, on Saturday, November 27, CTV Montreal’s evening news broadcast saw journalist Iman Kassam produce a report on Montrealers who marched outside the RCMP building in Westmount in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who are in a stand off with the RCMP and the Coastal GasLink company in BC.
At the end an otherwise straightforward television report, reporter Kassam incorporated intersectionality by interviewing an anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian protestor who was there to support the Wet’suwet’en nation on their land, implying that the Palestinian-Arabs are the true indigenous peoples of Israel, and that the Jewish people don’t have indigeneity in their ancestral homeland.
Here’s a short transcript of the offending segment:
Reporter Kassam (pictured right): “Today’s gathering gathered support from immigrants, Mahmoud Khalil says Palestinians and land defenders share a similar struggle.”
Protestor Mahmoud Khalil: “We are blessed to be able to come here and represent our country on their land… so the minimum we can do is stand in solidarity with them. and show people that this is rightfully their land and it will always be, no matter how many immigrants come here and no matter how many years passed.”
The inclusion of this interview with this anti-Israel activist was gratuitous and had no relevance to this report which was ostensibly about Montrealers who marched outside the RCMP building in Westmount to show solidarity with Wet’suwet’en chiefs.
Take action now! Send an email to CTV reporter Iman Kassam condemning her inclusion of this anti-Israel smear in her report. Send emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also Tweet Imam Kassam directly at: @ImanKassam.