In the November 18 broadcast of Global News BC, Global’s anchor erroneously claimed on-air that “Palestine” is a “sovereign state”:
The Trump administration is threatening to close the Palestinian office in Washington unless the sovereign state enters some serious peace talks with Israel. An obscure U.S. law says the office must close if Palestine calls for Israelis to be prosecuted for crimes against their people. Something Palestine’s president called for in his speech to the UN in September. Trump now has 90 days to determine if Palestine is in direct negotiations with Israel. The Palestinian foreign minister called the move “an act of extortion.” (I saw the report live at approximately 12:15pm PST).
Watch the report immediately below:
Contrary to what Global has reported, the Palestinians do not have secure, recognized and defined borders and have not procured statehood, nor sovereignty. They are to be regarded as the Palestinian territories and perhaps they can get statehood in an eventual peace agreement with Israel.
As it stands, Global‘s reporting is false and deserves an on-air correction inline with the practices dictated by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC). HonestReporting Canada has filed a complaint and await a reply from Global News.
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