CBC Radio Program The Current Features Guest Imploring Israel To Let Hamas Facilitate Aid Shipments Into Gaza

March 6, 2024

For the third time in less than a month, a CBC radio program has interviewed a representative from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a stridently anti-Israel organization which also has documented links to Palestinian terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

On March 1, The Current with Matt Galloway, featured an extended segment on the humanitarian situation inside the Gaza Strip, and in the first interview, Galloway spoke with Samah Hadid, a humanitarian worker with the NRC.

Hadid’s social media shows her to be a vocal anti-Israel activist, sharing content accusing Israel of carrying out a “war on children” and highlighting Israel’s “brutality in Gaza.”

During their conversation, Hadid stated that there was a shortage of food in Gaza, and that countries need to “push Israel more to open up the land crossings to allow more aid trucks in.”

At no time during her comments did Hadid acknowledge the logistical challenges pertaining to aid entering Gaza, namely ensuring that goods do not end up in Hamas’ hands, or even worse, that the terrorist group is not able to smuggle weapons, fighters and equipment inside humanitarian shipments.

Such concerns are well-founded; Hamas has widely embedded itself within Gaza’s civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and ambulances.

Even in spite of Hamas’ callous disregard for the laws of war, more than 15,000 humanitarian aid trucks have entered Gaza since the war began, in addition to air drops. In recent days, the single largest aid delivery of nearly 300 trucks was sent into Gaza, and Israel has explicitly stated that there is “no limit” to the amount of aid that can be delivered, but has also cited the UN’s failure to expedite the transfer of aid.

Rather than address these concerns, or even Hamas’ theft of aid, Hadid commented that Hamas be allowed to facilitate the delivery of aid into Gaza.

Instead of being honest with listeners, Hadid called Hamas the “Gazan security force,” and told Galloway that they “need to be allowed to safely accompany these convoys” of aid trucks, but explained that they have been unable to do so because “these police force units have said that Israel has targeted them, and they’ve been bombed.”

Given that these “police force units,” like all security forces in Gaza, are part of Hamas, they are armed combatants, part of a genocidal terrorist organization, and certainly not a credible actor in the delivery of aid to civilians.

Even as Hadid made her outlandish statements imploring Israel to allow Hamas to deliver aid – all while whitewashing them as a legitimate police force – Galloway said nothing to tell listeners the full story.

Following the discussion with Hadid, Galloway then welcomed Lloyd Axworthy, a former Canadian minister of foreign affairs from 1996 to 2000 under Prime Minister Jean Chretien.

On the same topic, Axworthy attempted to rehabilitate the image of UNRWA, the disgraced United Nations agency with extensive ties to Palestinian terrorism.

Axworthy told Galloway that it was important that Canada “begin to restore funding to UNRWA,” which was suspended in the wake of news that a group of staff members in Gaza had participated in Hamas’ October 7 massacre in Israel.

Arguing that UNRWA was the “most effective and broad reaching development agency in the entire Middle East,” Axworthy stated that “nobody has seen the evidence yet” connecting UNRWA to Hamas’ attacks.

What Axworthy did not explain, nor was he pressed to do so by his host, is that the evidence linking UNRWA to Palestinian terrorism is far deeper than October 7, even though this week, Israel released recordings of UNRWA staff bragging of their atrocities.

The organization’s “educational” materials for Palestinian schools are rife with incitement to violence, perpetuating the suffering of Palestinians and keeping them as victims, rather than aiming to find a solution.

In early February, Israel shared video footage of a Hamas data centre directly underneath UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, the existence of which could not have been unknown to UNRWA, but this damning evidence, rather than being addressed, was ignored altogether.

The March 1 edition of The Current with Matt Galloway featured yet another example of CBC giving uncritical coverage to anti-Israel arguments, all while entirely omitting any counter-evidence, as if it didn’t exist at all.

Accordingly, we are of the view that yet again, this CBC broadcast violated our public broadcaster’s journalistic standards and practices.

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