In our alert we released yesterday, we noted that Canada’s media, with the exception of a few, had ignored Mohamed Mursi’s anti-Semitic comments altogether allowing for a soft bigotry of low expectations to persist. We asked our members to contact their local media outlets to call for this important story to be covered and we are please to report that CTV News, the Hamilton Spectator, and the Waterloo Record have done just that.
Yesterday afternoon’s broadcast of CTV News Express, saw anchor Todd Van Der Heyden interview Emanuele Ottolenghi, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on how Mursi’s anti-Semitic comments ignited a firestrom which could threaten U.S. military aid for Egypt. To watch the interview in full, please click on the image below:
Likewise, the Hamilton Spectator reproduced an LA Times editorial entitled: “Mohamed Morsi’s hateful speech”
Importantly, the Waterloo Record published an insightful commentary by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Author and fellow at the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, entitled: “Countering incitements to hatred”. In referring to Morsi’s comments, Hirsi-Ali said it’s “It’s time for secular movements in the Middle East to speak up against slurs of Jews.”
Update January 21: The Vancouver Sun republished the Ottawa Citizen’s editorial on January 19 entitling it: “Morsi video exposes hatreds”.