CBC Radio Host Piya Chattopadhyay Gives Guest Extended Airtime To Spread Anti-Israel Misinformation

March 15, 2024

A recent CBC radio interview featured a university professor repeatedly spreading misleading and false information against Israel, all while the host failed to challenge him even a single time.

During the March 10 broadcast of The Sunday Edition with Piya Chattopadhyay, the CBC’s host spoke with two guests, Bijan Ahmadi, of the Toronto-based Institute For Peace & Diplomacy, and Nader Hasemi, an associate professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, named after the Saudi prince who gifted a 20 million dollar (US) donation to the school in 2005.

Though Bijan’s comments were largely nuanced, most airtime went to Nader and his vicious anti-Israel verbal assault, with no challenge ever presented by the CBC’s host.

Over the course of the roughly 22 minute segment, Nader repeated highly misleading accusations against Israel. On four separate occasions, Nader used the term “genocide” to refer to Israel’s counter-terrorism operations against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, including referring to the situation as “plausible genocide, according to the wording of the International Court of Justice” (ICJ) in The Hague.

But repeating buzzwords does not necessarily make them true. Despite demands from South Africa – on two separate occasions – that the ICJ demand a ceasefire, it refused both times, instead, only reminding Israel to continue to uphold its obligations to protect civilians.

According to a recent legal analysis, it was noted that “nothing in the ICJ’s decision concludes – or even implies – that Israel has violated its obligations under the Genocide Convention.”

Throughout the segment, Nader also persistently spread Hamas casualty disinformation, falsely presenting it as fact. Nader claimed that Israel killed “30,000 people over the last 5 months.”

There are significant problems with such comments.

Not only did he fail to attribute the source of his statement to Hamas, via its so-called “Gaza Ministry of Health,” a genocidal Islamic terrorist organization with a penchant for lying to advance its agenda, Israel states that it has killed more than 13,000 Hamas fighters, who are legitimate combatants by any standard, but this enormous point went unsaid by Nader.

Moreover, Hamas’ numbers are suspect not only because of their source, and because they do not differentiate between civilians and combatants, but because the data is almost certainly false from a statistical perspective.

At no time during the extended segment did Chattopadhyay once challenge Nader on his false and misleading statements, instead giving him the opportunity to repeat Hamas disinformation with ease.

Ignoring the tens of thousands of aid trucks which have entered Gaza, and Hamas’ widespread theft of aid, host Chattopadhyay instead asked Nader why “the United States can’t or won’t put more pressure on Israel to get more aid in by ground” into Gaza.

Nader told Chattopadhyay that there is “mass starvation” taking place in Gaza, a statement that flies in the face of facts.

Prior to the Hamas-instigated war on October 7, an average of 70 food trucks were entering Gaza on a daily basis, a number that, in recent weeks, is now nearly double that figure.

Near the end of the interview, Chattopadhyay asked her guests for their thoughts on the Trudeau government’s decision to continue funding to UNRWA, the disgraced United Nations agency with ties to Palestinian terrorism and whose staff participated in the Hamas massacre of 1,200 innocent Israelis.

Predictably, Nader praised the move, minimizing UNRWA’s controversies as being only “a handful of people alleged to have done something” on October 7, which doesn’t begin to explain UNRWA’s problems.

The aid agency has long used its school textbooks to poison the next generation of Palestinian schoolchildren, to glorify violence and to incite hatred, a huge percentage of its Gaza-based staff are members of a Palestinian terrorist group according to Israel, and in February, Jerusalem broadcast video footage showing a Hamas tunnel directly underneath UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza.

While it is unsurprising that Nader said nothing about these inconvenient facts, it is scandalous that Chattopadhyay, failing to uphold her responsibility as a host, instead not once made any reference to this litany of scandals which strike at the heart of UNRWA’s legitimacy and credibility.

The March 10 edition of The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay was an extended display of poor journalistic standards, where host Piya Chattopadhyay gave plenty of airtime to one guest to regurgitate Hamas propaganda, all while proving herself unable or unwilling to challenge or contextualize any of his problematic statements.

Since October 7, CBC has demonstrated a consistent track record of presenting Hamas disinformation as fact, and this latest radio segment is only the latest scandalous example.


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