CBC Vancouver Glowingly Whitewashes Vancouver Restaurant That Glorified Hamas’ October 7 Massacre

January 30, 2024

On October 8, only one day after Hamas’ genocidal massacre in southern Israel, where thousands of Hamas terrorists committed a rampage of wanton rape, torture, murder and kidnappings, Tamam, a Vancouver restaurant which offers “fine Palestinian cuisine,” weighed in.

The restaurant shared on its Facebook page a cartoon by Palestinian artist Nader Asmar, depicting a boy holding onto a hang glider, in an image clearly referencing the use of hang gliders by Palestinian terrorists the previous day, which they used to massacre hundreds of young Israelis at a music festival.

The same day, the restaurant posted a cartoon from Palestinian artist Beesan Arafat, showing a bulldozer with a Palestinian flag breaking through a fence, again a reference to Hamas’ massacre on October 7.

Despite those glorifications of terrorism, Tamam received widespread positive coverage from local news media outlets for hosting fundraisers for Gaza, all of which entirely overlooked the posts.

And now, Tamam is getting even more glowing publicity, this time from The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn, a CBC radio program.

In a January 19 segment entitled: “Voices from the Diaspora,” Sophie Woodrooffe, a program producer, interviews Sobhi Zobaidi, the co-owner of Tamam, and discussed a fundraiser his restaurant hosted for Gaza, his activism and his general “longing for Palestine.”

The segment is part of a larger series which highlights local “grassroots political mobilization” in Vancouver, according to CBC.

Watch segment below:

Astonishingly, nowhere in the roughly nine minute segment did Woodrooffe ever ask Zobaidi about, or otherwise inform listeners regarding, the restaurant’s open glorification of Palestinian terrorism on social media in the immediate aftermath of October 7, which remain online as of late January.

Instead, listeners were treated to an extended saccharine report which was frequently interspersed with audio footage of poetry readings from a fundraising event held at Tamam, which Zaidi said has helped to build a community of like-minded people.

As Zobaidi said in the broadcast, “it’s like seeing a baby being born” to watch a pro-Palestinian movement build around his restaurant.

While Woodrooffe reported that Tamam has sought to raise $100,000 in order “to supply aid to Gaza,” she did not share which organization or relief efforts were the intended beneficiaries. While the aid may likely go to worthwhile and credible organizations, this is a noteworthy omission given that Hamas receives an estimated $8 million to $12 million (USD) every month through online donations, “much of it through organizations posing as charities to help civilians in Gaza,” according to a January 24 report in Bloomberg.

Zobaidi, who told Woodrooffe that his restaurant’s fundraisers have come out of his feelings of “almost desperation, really, (a) sense of hopelessness sometimes, helplessness.”

Regrettably, those same feelings were not apparent in Tamam’s October social media posts, which appeared to show an image of reverence for Hamas’ genocidal murders.

More recently, Tamam’s social media features more deeply problematic content. On December 1, the restaurant posted on its Facebook page a flier advertising a “Rally & March” for Palestine, which was co-organized by a number of groups, including Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), whose leaders have praised Hamas terrorism, and Samidoun, an organization with multiple links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a banned terrorist organization in Canada.

Tamam has done an excellent job in promoting itself to Vancouver media outlets, who have shown an eagerness to tell the restaurant’s story all while excluding any mention of the establishment’s open glorification of the mass murder of Israeli civilians. CBC Vancouver’s January 19 report, is the latest in a string of positive media coverage for the restaurant, similarly failed to fulfill the fundamental journalistic element of research, and instead, effectively whitewashes Tamam, despite its sordid history.

This is the 3rd incident that we’ve documented of recent anti-Israel bias by The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn. On January 11, we condemned the program for featuring a guest who accused Israel of genocidal intent, while host Quinn failed to challenge his guest a single time. Meanwhile, on October 16, 2023, host Quinn failed to challenge his guest who repeatedly blamed Israel for Hamas’s terrorist massacres.

As with these broadcasts, we are of the view that this January 19 segment by the Early Edition violated the CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices. HonestReporting Canada has filed a complaint with CBC calling for corrective action and we encourage you to follow suit. Send emails to CBC Editor-In-Chief Brodie Fenlon at: Brodie.Fenlon@cbc.ca.

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