CBC Host Makes Up Quote From International Court Of Justice Accusing Israel Of Genocide

In 1962, Leon Jacobovits James, in his doctoral dissertation at McGill University, coined the term “semantic satiation,” which refers to the phenomenon when a word is repeated so often, it loses all meaning.

That certainly has been the result of the irresponsible and indefensible repetition of the word ‘genocide’ by anti-Israel propagandists in recent months, who have jettisoned intellectual honesty and instead falsely labeled Israel as the perpetrator of heinous war crimes.

A recent episode of Ideas, a CBC radio program, did its part in helping to obfuscate the meaning of the word genocide to the point when it became meaningless.

In the June 28 episode entitled: “International laws against genocide exist: so why don’t they work?” host Nahla Ayed – whose anti-Israel bias has been documented for nearly 20 years by HonestReporting Canada – spoke with anti-Israel activist William Schabas, a former advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), for his thoughts on the United Nations Genocide Convention.

Schabas’ past anti-Israel views, including his refusal to call Hamas a terrorist organization, are well known and CBC has previously interviewed Schabas to discuss genocide allegations against Israel on the January 15 episode of CBC Front Burner and on CBC Canada Tonight on May 20, both which HonestReporting Canada critiqued. Schabas has been described by The Globe & Mail as being “outspoken in his criticism of Israel and (who) previously offered consultancy services to the Palestinian Liberation Organization” (PLO).

While most of the hour-long conversation did not mention Israel, around three-quarters of the way into the segment, Ayed made sure that the Jewish State was included.

Posing her commentary-posing-as-a-question as “the big question today,” Ayed told listeners that “human rights in general and genocide in particular are front of mind for all of us as we watch the situation in Gaza.”

It is not clear on whose behalf Ayed is purportedly speaking, let alone “for all of us,” but she continued her leading question by falsely telling listeners that “the ICJ (International Court of Justice)…has ruled that there is a quote, plausible risk of genocide in Gaza.”

The ICJ never made any such statement; Ayed’s claim is a total fabrication and the term “plausible risk of genocide” does not appear anywhere in the judgment.

Joan Donoghue, the president of the ICJ when the world court made an interim judgment earlier in 2024, said in a recent BBC interview that “the court did not decide, and this something where I’m correcting what’s often said by the media, that the claim of genocide was plausible.”

Incredibly, Schabas, for a supposed expert on genocide, chooses not to correct Ayed’s explicit falsification, and instead vigorously agreed that genocide is taking place, saying “I think the case that South Africa (in its case against Israel) is setting out is easily the strongest case of genocide.”

Big claims require big evidence, but the lines of evidence mustered by Schabas are strikingly empty.

Schabas cited “statements made by politicians in Israel, notorious statements about how the Gazans are inhuman animals, human animals…we’re going to deny you electricity, water, medical care…all of these things, they add up..”

However, many poor arguments lumped together do not make a strong case.

Even after telling Ayed that genocide from state actors is best determined by actions, not intentions, because intentions are difficult to measure, Schabas then changed his mind and appeared to base his entire case on rhetoric from Israeli officials.

While, in the immediate aftermath of Hamas’ genocidal October 7 massacres – the biggest mass killing of Jews since the Holocaust – some Israeli officials made admittedly bellicose comments, those statements were in no way followed up with action.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant was clearly referring to Hamas terrorists as “human animals,” not Gazans in general, despite Schabas dishonestly attempting to reposition the comments, and Israel didn’t “deny” the Palestinians basic humanitarian necessities. In fact, hundreds of trucks filled with humanitarian aid enter Gaza daily.

Even as Schabas redefined genocide to fit his pre-existing ideology so that words are more important than actions, he cannot even remain consistent, for a few minutes later, he praised the anti-Israel occupation of some European and North American campuses, saying “I’m very inspired by them.”

Since those hateful occupations have been characterized by calls for violence – and actual violence – as well as support for Islamic terrorism against Israel, if Schabas truly meant what he said, he would be calling those demonstrators genocidal instead of praising them.

The June 28 episode of CBC’s Ideas program is just the latest instance of shameless anti-Israel propaganda masquerading as thoughtful commentary from Canada’s national broadcaster.

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