Home Media Action Alerts2021 HRC Prompts Major CBC Correction: Israeli Airstrikes Didn’t Break Ceasefire, Hamas’ Arson Balloons Did

HRC Prompts Major CBC Correction: Israeli Airstrikes Didn’t Break Ceasefire, Hamas’ Arson Balloons Did

by Mike Fegelman

On June 16, CBC.ca published a news article which falsely reported that Israel broke the recent truce with Gaza-based terrorists, whereas in fact, Hamas’ incendiary balloons violated the ceasefire.

CBC’s article reversed the chronology of events in a report that made Israel look like the aggressor. As the saying goes, Israel ceases and Hamas fires.

In an HRC complaint sent to the CBC, we conveyed how the chronology of hostilities had been reversed. The CBC’s header: “Israel airstrikes target Gaza sites, further testing fragile ceasefire” could easily have been: “Palestinian arson balloons further test fragile ceasefire”. Instead, Israel was depicted as the aggressor.

The reality is that the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza were precipitated by dozens of incendiary devices launched into Israel that caused hundreds of acres of land to go up in flames. As well, contrary to the CBC’s reporting, the arson terror occurred BEFORE the March of Flags parade in Jerusalem and not after. Hamas merely used the parade as a pretext to carry out attacks and they did so prior to the parade actually going on.

As we told the CBC, this article unfairly and inaccurately painted Israel as the aggressor, and the party that broke the truce.

We are pleased to report that CBC amended its headline and removed a mention that Israeli airstrikes were the cause for the ceasefire’s being tested and the article itself was revised to now state unequivocally that Palestinian terrorists instigated hostilities and Israel merely responded in self defense.

Here’s a before and after screen grab of the headlines and below this image, a before and after comparison of how the article itself was revised:

Old Lead: Israeli airstrikes hit militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, and Palestinians responded by sending a series of fire-carrying balloons back across the border for a second straight day — further testing the fragile ceasefire that ended last month’s war between Israel and Hamas.”

New Lead:Palestinian militants in the Gaza strip sent a series of fire-carrying balloons across the border with Israel for a second straight day, further testing the fragile ceasefire that ended last month’s war between Israel and Hamas.”

Old 2nd Paragraph: “The latest round of violence was prompted by a parade of Israeli ultranationalists through occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday. Palestinians saw the march as a provocation and sent balloons into southern Israel, causing several fires in parched farmland. Israel then carried out the airstrikes — the first such raids since the May 21 ceasefire ended 11 days of fighting — and more balloons followed.”

New 2nd Paragraph: “The latest round of violence began Tuesday, prompted by a parade of Israeli ultranationalists through occupied East Jerusalem. Palestinian militants saw the march as a provocation and sent balloons into southern Israel, causing several fires in parched farmland. Israel then carried out airstrikes — the first such raids since the May 21 ceasefire ended 11 days of fighting — and more balloons followed.”

Old 5th Paragraph: “By Wednesday afternoon, masked Palestinians sent a number of balloons, laden with fuses and flaming rags, into Israel. Several fires were reported.”

New 5th Paragraph: “By Wednesday afternoon, masked Palestinians sent a number of balloons into Israel, laden with fuses and flaming rags. Several fires were reported.”

HonestReporting Canada would like to take the opportunity to thank CBC for listening to our concerns and for implementing this corrective action that set the record straight.

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