CBC’s As It Happens Gives Extensive Platform For Anti-Israel Propaganda, With Little Context & No Challenge

February 29, 2024

In an article and accompanying radio broadcast on February 26 on CBC’s As It Happens Radio program, the public was treated to a barrage of anti-Israel misinformation, accompanied by no pushback and little context.

In two separate radio segments during the broadcast, guest host Peter Armstrong spoke with Palestinian-Americans about their thoughts on the U.S. government’s ties with Israel.

In the first interview, Armstrong spoke with Rashid Khalidi, a professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York City. He referred to Israel’s “continued occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”

Neither Khalidi nor Armstrong noted that, prior to the current Hamas-instigated war, Israel has not occupied the Gaza Strip for nearly two decades, since forcibly removing all Israeli civilians and soldiers alike from the coastal territory in the summer of 2005, in what was an attempt to show good-faith actions from Israel towards the Palestinians.

Soon after Israel’s withdrawal, Hamas was elected in Gaza, and in 2007, the Islamic terrorist group took control in a violent coup.

In another segment, Armstrong spoke with Terry Ahwal, a Palestinian-American living in Detroit, and a pro-Palestinian activist.

Ahwal told Armstrong that there is a “genocide that is taking place in Gaza,” a comment that went entirely unchallenged by her host, despite the extraordinary statement being made, and in spite of the paucity of evidence being provided beyond simple rhetoric.

Ahwal also discussed UNRWA, the disgraced United Nations agency with extensive ties to Palestinian terrorism, calling it an agency “that supported the refugees in Gaza.”

At no time did Ahwal acknowledge, nor did Armstrong point out, the extent of controversies connecting UNRWA to Hamas, including a data centre underneath UNRWA’s Gaza headquarters, claims that as many as one-tenth of UNRWA’s staff in Gaza have ties to Hamas and other groups, and their widespread anti-Israel incitement in their official textbooks.

Instead, listeners were left with a sanitized version of events, which bear little resemblance to the truth.

In an accompanying article, “Biden’s support for Israel is turning some Democratic primary voters against him,” author Sheena Goodyear writes that over the last five months of the Hamas-Israel war, “Israeli forces have killed more than 29,700 Palestinians, according to Gaza’s health ministry, including more than 10,000 children, hundreds of health-care workers and dozens of journalists.”

Not only does Goodyear selectively omit that Gaza’s “health ministry” is run by Hamas, she also chooses to share Hamas’ claims of casualties, while ignoring Israeli statements that 12,000 combatants from Hamas have been killed.

Goodyear also quotes Ahwal as saying that Israel has committed “genocide” in Gaza, and as evidence, cites Hamas’ unsubstantiated claims that 29,000 people have been killed, and once again ignoring the huge numbers of combatants in that number.

Casualties in war do not constitute genocide, particularly not when they are armed combatants.

Instead, genocide refers to the intentional mass killing of innocent civilians, the kind of actions carried out by Hamas on October 7, and which the group’s leaders promise will happen repeatedly until Israel is destroyed.

CBC’s As It Happens broadcast and news article gave an unfettered platform for anti-Israel disinformation to be disseminated, without any challenge or context provided to the public.


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