CBC Winnipeg Radio Program Gives Sycophantic Interview To Pro-Palestinian Activist Mourning Israel’s Existence

In a May 15 segment on the CBC radio program Information Radio Manitoba, host Marcy Markusa spoke with Mona Zangana, a young Palestinian living in Winnipeg, for her reflections on “nakba day,” Arabic for “catastrophe,” when anti-Israel activists mourn Israel’s independence and the re-birth of the Jewish nation-state.

Listen to the full segment below:

During the six minute interview where Markusa’s behaviour can be aptly be described as obsequious, Zangana twice referred to Israel’s counter-terrorism operations as “genocide,” a patently false claim, and said that her family is “in exile” from “Palestine,” but that she longed for the day when “everyone can go back to their country.”

“Their country,” as Zangana calls it, has never existed. Never before has there been a Palestinian state, a Palestinian currency, a Palestinian language, etc. Historically, Palestine was a broad geographic area, and even in modern times, during the British Mandate of Palestine, it was never a country at all.

Moreover, what “Nakba Day” mourns is the existence of an independent Jewish State in the Jewish People’s historic homeland, a monstrous and hateful message for CBC to platform and whitewash.

Despite Zangana referring to herself as being in “exile” from an event nearly 80 years ago, she was never challenged by Markusa on her self-pitying statements.

Nor did Markusa ever provide listeners with any background on the events which transpired in 1948 which precipitated the so-called “nakba.”

Had Markusa done so, she could have shared that the United Nations proposed a partition of historic Israel in 1947, a plan accepted by the Jews but rejected by the Arabs, and that the next year, Israel declared its independence, but was attacked by its Arab neighbours intent on destroying the country. Additionally, many if not most of the Arabs who left Israel did so at the behest of Arab leaders, who aggressively encouraged them to leave, thinking they would return once the Jews were annihilated.

Actions have consequences, as Israel’s Arab neighbours learned in 1948, a point that, it appears, is unknown to both Markusa and Zangana.

The extent of Markusa’s questions were the CBC host’s hard-hitting queries to Zangana such as “what’s led you to do advocacy work” and “where can people find information” about Nakba Day events in Winnipeg?

Listeners of the broadcast were subjected to yet more fictions during the segment, with Markusa asking Zangana what she thought about the tiny anti-Israel campus occupation at the University of Manitoba.

Her guest gushed that “there’s been plenty of victories,” despite not a single university agreeing to the nonsensical demands laid out by protesters.

Despite Markusa describing Zangana as a “Palestinian student living in Winnipeg,” she is actually a spokesperson for the group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a fanatically anti-Israel organization.

The interview ended with Zangana playing victim yet again, telling her host that “there’s also the risk of people’s schooling and jobs” and that Palestinians are “a little scared about what the repercussions might be for advocating.”

Markusa failed to ask for any examples of these supposed “repercussions” faced by anti-Israel activists. This strategy of framing anti-Israel activists as innocent victims, and not as adults who have faced consequences for their reckless actions, has been attempted in media outlets like The Toronto Star and CBC.

The May 15 segment of Information Radio Manitoba with Marcy Markusa whitewashed the hateful meaning behind so-called “Nakba Day,” and the host, rather than asking her guest tough questions, was borderline sycophantic instead.

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