CBC News Provides One-Sided Smear Of Israel

March 19, 2024

At first glance, a March 16 article by CBC News entitled: “How the Israel-Hamas conflict has changed lives in Vancouver’s diasporas, 6 months in,” almost looks like an even-handed, thoughtful approach to how the Hamas-Israel war has changed lives thousands of kilometers away, in British Columbia.

However, the article, by Jennifer Wilson and Sophie Woodrooffe, is anything but balanced, thoughtful or nuanced, instead it amplifies anti-Israel voices while minimizing those supportive of Israel.

First, Wilson and Woodrooffe profile Sobhi Al-Zobaidi, who runs Tamam, an Arab restaurant in Vancouver, and who the authors write has raised tens of thousands of dollars, allegedly “in order to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza.”

Problematically, the CBC’s journalists omitted mentioning that the day following Hamas’ genocidal October 7 massacres in southern Israel, Tamam’s shared a drawing by Palestinian artist Nader Asmar to its Facebook page depicting a Palestinian with a hang glider, clearly referencing and lauding Hamas’ attack the previous day.

On October 7, Tamam shared a drawing from Palestinian artist Beesan Arafat, showing a bulldozer with a Palestinian flag smashing through a barbed wire fence, again a clear reference to Hamas’ terrorist attacks.

Other voices profiled were Mia Amir, an Israeli-Canadian, and Sama Ghnaim, a Palestinian-Canadian. Ghnaim was quoted as saying she launched a group, ‘Parents for Palestine,’ in response to “the war that’s being carried out against Gaza.”

As for Amir, her own views are made clear, with Wilson and Woodrooffe writing that she “describes herself as a Jewish anti-Zionist” who is involved in pro-Palestinian advocacy. Zionism is the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel. Anti-Zionism is the belief that the only people in the world that can’t have a state are the Jews.

Ergo: Anti-Zionism is antisemitism.

In all, the article profiled or mentioned six Vancouverites who are of Israeli or Palestinian descent, and five of them expressed anti-Israel views, with only one voice vocally in support of Israel.

The article is accompanied by short videos profiling some of the interview subjects, and in one of the videos, Amir and Ghnaim are featured in a nine minute-long clip, and Amir tacitly compares the Nazi Holocaust that saw the murder of six million European Jews to Israel’s counter-terrorism operations against the Hamas terrorist group in Gaza.

“For me, as somebody whose family did experience genocide, who did survive genocide, it’s cellular in my body, when this is happening,” Amir said in the video interview.

The comparisons between the Holocaust and Israel’s actions could not be starker, and the juxtaposition is grotesque, unjustified and antisemitic according to the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism. In contrast to Germany, which carried out a campaign of mass murder against millions of men, women and children, guilty of no crimes other than who they were (namely Jewish, but also Roma, LGBT and others), Israel is defending itself against a genocidal terror group which, like Hitler’s Germany, also seeks to annihilate millions of Jews.

Yet Amir was presented as an example of a local Israeli in Vancouver, when her views were vocally antagonistic to Israel.

Jennifer Wilson and Sophie Woodrooffe’s March 16 article for CBC News, while purporting to depict a varied range of voices, instead provide multiple angles, but all communicating the same message hostile to Israel.

Instead of reporting in a fair, judicious and balanced manner, CBC produced an overwhelmingly one-sided smear of Israel, with the majority of interviewees expressing hostile views, and only one of six offering a vocal support of Israel.

HonestReporting Canada has filed a complaint with CBC News and we encourage you to do the same. Send emails to CBC’s journalists Sophie Woodrooffe: sophie.woodrooffe@cbc.ca and Jennifer Wilson: Jennifer.wilson@cbc.ca.

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