CBC Spotlights Anti-Israel Song As Part Of Its “Songs You Need To Hear” Series

March 5, 2024

CBC News has been the subject of multiple HonestReporting Canada alerts in recent weeks, highlighting repeated instances of sloppy reporting, a failure to hold interview subjects accountable for their anti-Israel statements, and for the overwhelming propensity to cover anti-Israel topics.

But not all problematic coverage from the national broadcaster is limited to news.

On February 28, CBC published a written piece under its ‘Music’ category entitled: “Chromeo’s funky groove, and 8 more songs you need to hear this week,” as part of its “Songs you need to hear” weekly compilation of “hot new Canadian tracks.”

Among the musical numbers shown to the public by CBC was, ‘Hello Everyone (Ceasefire Now),’ by singer Jenn Grant.

The song’s lyrics included phrases such as “I’ve got the answer here, Join together, Sing it loud and clear: Ceasefire now.”

At no point during the song’s nearly three minutes of running time did Grant mention Hamas or the Palestinian Islamic terrorist group’s hostages, instead proffering a simplistic message, devoid of any context in the slightest.

The song’s music video, released February 23, also includes the words “by the tens and the millions, we are also Palestinians,” a favourite chant at anti-Israel demonstrations held around the world, and ended with the words “never forget to say, free Palestine.”

In CBC’s description of the song, it quoted Grant’s press release, which falsely claimed that “Palestinians…are being displaced and killed in a genocide before our eyes,” and saying that her song was “an anthem for us to unite in our demands for an immediate and permanent ceasefire now,” and once again repeating her groundless genocide accusation.

Though neither Grant nor CBC gave any details, an “immediate and permanent ceasefire,” despite its superficial appeal, is all but impossible given that Hamas, a fanatical Islamic terrorist organization, is violently committed to the total destruction of Israel, and in its place, the creation of a theocratic caliphate, akin to the Islamic State (ISIS).

As such, for Hamas, nothing short of Israel’s total destruction can provide anything resembling a “permanent ceasefire,” and even a short-term cessation of hostilities would be counter-productive, given that it would only provide the terror group with a much-needed opportunity to re-arm, re-train and continue on its forever war against the Jewish State.

Even commentators hostile to Israel concede this central point, with Gwynne Dyer, a regular anti-Israel columnist, writing recently that “Hamas’ leaders have no desire for a long ceasefire. A short one to catch their breath, maybe…”

It is the right of Grant or any other singer to produce any music that they see fit to create, even if it repeats vapid anti-Israel slogans  which masquerade as social justice but in reality are buzzwords with dangerous connotations.

However, in choosing to platform Grant’s song, CBC has – courtesy of the Canadian taxpayer – evidently decided that such a song, as one-sided, anti-Israel and obtuse as it may be, is nevertheless deserving of platforming and recognition. However, that exposure seems to have produced limited results, with the total number of views on the YouTube video numbering just a few hundred, even nine days after being uploaded online.

Grant’s song isn’t the only place where the musician has vocalized such views; her social media presence features a number of pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel posts, including one update from November, posted to her Instagram account, showing her participating in an anti-Israel rally in Halifax.

CBC’s decision to platform, and promote, an anti-Israel song as part of its “Songs you need to hear” program is just the latest instance of the public broadcaster providing a one-sided anti-Israel narrative to the public.


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