Globe & Mail Cartoon Portrays Anti-Israel Campus Occupiers As Noble Students Representing Popular Wave Of Protest Movement, Ignoring Hate & Harassment From Tiny Mobs

To have the news media tell it, the anti-Israel campus occupations on a small number of universities across Canada represent a wave of popular civil disobedience, particularly among the next generation who are eager to fight for social change.

In reality, the occupations are primarily led by older adults and other non-students, hiding behind a veneer of youthfulness, and represent a miniscule fraction of a percent of university students in Canada, numbering a few hundred out of 1.5 million total enrolled in university.

Despite their tiny numbers, the occupiers have been able to garner sympathetic media attention across Canada.

But that has not stopped some news media outlets from trying to flip reality on its head and portray a small group of miscreants as part of a widespread movement.

On March 25, The Globe & Mail published an editorial cartoon from Montreal-based artist Gabrielle Drolet which contributed to this dishonest representation of reality.

In the cartoon, a couple dozen graduates are gathered at convocation, while their mortarboard hats are in the colours of the Palestinian flag.

While meant to presumably represent the anti-Israel occupiers at large, in an unintended irony, the small number of students depicted are likely more than the number of actual student protesters on any given campus.

Drolet, who described the protesters on social media as “brave and resilient,” and expressed her hope that “their demands are met,” chose not to showcase the real face of the occupiers.

Far from being peaceful protests made up of noble students engaged in civil disobedience, the occupations have been sites of violence, harassment, intimidation, hate speech, and open calls for genocide and support for Islamic terrorism.

Drolet’s cartoon isn’t just wrong; it is just the latest salvo in a widespread whitewashing by countless news media outlets, which have ignored a dangerous, hateful and violent movement that is opposed by a large majority of the Canadian public, and which poses a clear threat to Canadian society with their extremist ideologies.

Select examples of this suppression of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hate speech at campus occupations include a broadcast report from CTV Winnipeg, columns in The Toronto Star, and perhaps most egregiously, a CBC News report purporting to be an “analysis” of the secret funding of the campus occupiers, all while doing little more than taking the testimonials of occupiers at face value.

Gabrielle Drolet’s cartoon in The Globe & Mail flies in the face of documented reality, and instead more closely resembles North Korean-style propaganda posters than anything resembling what is actually taking place.

Take action now by sending a letter to the editor to the Globe and Mail. Send letters to: letters@globeandmail.com.

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