CBC Radio Guest Falsely Accuses Israel Of Moving Toward Genocide In Gaza

November 6, 2023

In a November 2 interview on CBC Radio program Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan, “UN human rights official steps down over what he calls “genocide” in Gaza,” CBC’s interim host, Hallie Cotnam, interviewed John Packer, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, for his reflections on the claims made by former United Nations official Craig Mokhiber that Israel was allegedly committing genocide in Gaza.

In the host’s introduction, she quotes Mokhiber’s letter, which falsely compares Israel’s actions to the “Tutsis, Bosnian Muslims, Yezhidis and the Rohingya.”

In each of those cases, mass numbers of innocent people were intentionally targeted, tortured, raped and massacred because of their race, ethnicity or religious identity.

Packer falsely stated that “a lot of those elements (of genocide) appear to be present” in Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip, failing to challenge the preposterous claim made by Mokhiber that Israel’s counter-terrorism efforts in Gaza are remotely comparable to the mass murders, tortures and gang rapes seen in genocides around the world.

Packer quoting the 10 stages of genocide, a classification created by scholar Gregory Stanton, which includes dehumanization of opponents, the organization, and later preparation of genocide and extermination, and told the CBC’s host that Israel is also guilty of moving toward genocide, citing the “dehumanization, characterization of human animals” made by Israeli officials.

Listen to the full CBC Radio segment below:

Packer’s reference presumably refers to Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who, two days after Hamas’ October 7 massacre of 1,400 innocent Israelis, told reporters that “we are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly.”

However, Gallant was indisputably referring to Hamas terrorists, not to the 2.3 million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, and Packer relying seemingly exclusively on a twisted statement reflects a stunning misrepresentation of the facts.

Though Packer rightly acknowledged that the intentions of Hamas and Iran are genocidal in nature, the bulk of his statements to the CBC’s host related to Israel, including when he said there is a “serious risk of genocide” in the Gaza Strip.

Craig Mokhiber, the former United Nations staffer who accused Israel of committing genocide, was more than just a “top UN official,” as the CBC’s host described him, but someone who has made repeated and outlandishly false anti-Israel statements

In a broadcast published on November 2, Mokhiber appeared on Al Jazeera, grotesquely claiming that “the intent (to commit genocide) by Israeli leaders has been so explicitly stated and publicly stated by the PM, by the president, by senior cabinet ministers, by military leaders, that that is an easy case to make.”

Mokhiber’s statement is not only egregiously false and indefensible, it amounts to an anti-Israel libel. And while CBC Radio cannot be held account for Mokhiber’s lies, both the CBC’s host and Packer falsely positioned Mokhiber as a mainstream and reputable source, and not as a peddler of anti-Israel disinformation.

Mokhiber’s anti-Israel animus stretches back further than recent weeks. He has falsely accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and apartheid, expressed support for the BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) movement, voiced opposition to the widely-accepted IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) definition of antisemitism, and even called for the elimination of Israel as a Jewish State, replacing it with a singular country for all peoples, denying the Jewish People self-determination in their historic homeland.

There is no parallel whatsoever between Israel’s counter-terrorism efforts in Gaza, and recent instances of genocide, such as in Rwanda or elsewhere, and claiming otherwise is an disgraceful insult to victims of genocide, whose memory are being abused to pursue an anti-Israel agenda.

This CBC Radio interview, which based an entire episode on the claims made by a longtime fanatical anti-Israel United Nations staffer and gave no context, either to his anti-Israel animus or to the absurdity of his claims.

Hamas, not Israel, explicitly calls for the destruction of Israel, and a recent interview by a senior Hamas official made clear that his organization’s goal is the “annihilation of Israel.” There is a party in this war guilty of attempted genocide, and it is Hamas.

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