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Israel-World Relations

by Mike Fegelman
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  • October 25, 2020: CBC Radio errs by claiming that only 3 Arab countries recognize Israel. After HRC complained, CBC acknowledged the error and sensitized its journalists to this mistake.
  • June 3, 2020: CBC Online: As Canada Condemns Israel, HRC Prompts CBC to Acknowledge Israel’s Claims to Judea and Samaria
  • February 10, 2020: HRC Prompts CBC Correction: Syrian Anti-Aircraft Missiles Nearly Shot Down Jet, Not IDF Says Russia
  • May 19, 2015: CBC Issues Story Update re: Pope’s Disputed “Angel of Peace” Remark: After HRC contacted CBC News executives to voice our concerns about disputed comments attributed to Pope Francis claiming that he referred to PA President Mahmoud Abbas as an “angel of peace”, a story update was issued by the CBC.
  • April 7, 2013: Following an HRC complaint, Radio-Canada issues an on-air clarification for a report on radio show “Medium-Large” which alleged the Israeli government deliberately forced Ethiopian immigrants to receive contraceptive injections in an effort to limit the Israeli- Ethiopian population.
  • Canoe: September 27, 2011: Amendment: After HonestReporting Canada members complained to Canoe editors after the online French-language news portal had salaciously claimed that Israel was a menace and threat to the world, Canoe editors amended their headline and lead paragraph, removing this statement.
  • CBC Online, Feb 20 2011: A CBC report erroneously stated that the Turkish Ship known as the Mavi Marmara operated by ardent anti-Israel activists whose aim it was to break Israel’s legal naval blockade of Gaza was simply “delivering supplies to the Gaza Strip.” CBC issued the following clarification and amended the report following HonestReporting Canada’s complaint: “Clarification: The Canadian Press reported in a story Feb. 19 that a ship boarded by Israeli soldiers last year was delivering supplies to the Gaza Strip. The story should have reported that the Israeli government says the ship, the Mavi Marmara, did not carry humanitarian aid but was part of a flotilla that did. This story has been edited to reflect this.”
  • Canadian Press, Feb 19 2011: A Canadian Press report erroneously stated that the Turkish Ship known as the Mavi Marmara operated by ardent anti-Israel activists whose aim it was to break Israel’s legal naval blockade of Gaza was simply “delivering supplies to the Gaza Strip.” Canadian Press issued the following clarification following HonestReporting Canada’s complaint: “The Canadian Press reported in a story Feb. 19 that a ship boarded by Israeli soldiers last year was delivering supplies to the Gaza Strip. The story should have reported that the Israeli government says the ship, the Mavi Marmara, did not carry humanitarian aid but was part of a flotilla that did.”
  • Q107, Sep 21 2010: Q107 radio station removed a biased anti-Israel survey hosted on their website and publically apologized following 300+ HonestReporting Canada member complaints. On-air apology: “Got this last night, got a couple of emails and I just wanted to take a moment on this one because in this internet age in which we live in this stuff is very important and the last thing we’d like to do at Q107.com is give anyone the wrong idea, so I guess what had happened was there was a poll up on the Q107 website that contained some questions about some contentious issues including the Middle East and needless to say that’s not somewhere we traditionally want to go and I don’t mean literally, I mean figuratively, it’s a very complicated situation that involves all kinds of different religious and political beliefs and I guess something was posted on the website last night in the form of a question that offended a lot of people and Blair, the program director and our boss had sent this along and so I’m going to just quickly let you know what Blair had said because there are a lot of complaints and we would like to just clear it up. As he said, ‘on behalf of Q I must apologize for a survey that was recently posted on the website. This survey was located in a section of the site that is administered by a third party and it does not reflect or represent the opinions of Q107 what so ever. We are by no means passing the buck on this matter and we take it seriously. We’ll be discussing our future with this third party moving forward and this survey has been removed. So first of all thanks to everybody who sent in emails, you know voicing their complaints about this, it’s certainly understandable and our apologies, I mean, I didn’t know this thing was up there, but hey, this is our radio station and our names are on it so we’ve gotta take responsibility and we’ll do just that so, our apologies.”
  • CBC Online, March 24 2009: “Story published about Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon’s visit to one of the Mideast initially said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had visited the town of Beit Hanoun and that a UN school had come under Israeli fire there. Correction stated Blair did not visit Beit Hanoun, he visited Beit Lahiya. The school in Beit Lahiya did not come under fire, but the American International School in Beit Lahiya did and the Israeli military said the campus was a legitimate target since it was used to fire rockets.” Correction issued.
  • Globe and Mail, Feb 11 2009: “A BBC World Service poll found that 51% of respondents in 21 countries, not 71% as stated yesterday, believe that Israel has a negative influence in the world.” Correction issued.
  • Canadian Press, Feb 8, 2007: Wire reporter erroneously claimed Israel and Hezbollah fought in Afghanistan this summer. Correction issued over CP Wire.
  • Toronto Star, March 16 2005: Staff article incorrectly stated that three foreign hostages were still being held by Palestinians. Admission of error.

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