McGill Student Newspaper The Tribune Gives Extended Coverage To Fringe Anti-Israel Activists

For some publications, it seems that any anti-Israel event or program, no matter how small or inconsequential, will receive fawning coverage.

In an April 3 article in The Tribune, a student newspaper at McGill University entitled: “Protesters stage ‘die-in’ at Y-intersection to draw attention to McGill’s complicity in ongoing genocide of Palestinians,” author Lily Carson reported on a small anti-Israel protest on campus held on March 28.

Carson, apparently unaware of the differences between a news article and an opinion column, told readers that the event –  a “die-in” – was organized “in solidarity with Gazans who are facing famine to push for an end to McGill’s complicity in Israel’s ongoing genocide of Palestinians.”

There is no genocide of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. In 2002, the population of Gaza was roughly 1.1 million. Today, that figure has more than doubled, to an estimated 2.3 million people.

Over the last six months of urban warfare between Israel and Hamas, the Gaza-based genocidal Islamic terrorist organization bent on Israel’s destruction, has seen a dramatically lower civilian death toll than in virtually any other armed conflict in recent history.

Israel has taken extensive steps to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza, including actively warning civilians before strikes take place, and even placing Israeli soldiers on the ground in Gaza to fight, rather than simply bombing targets from the safety of the sky.

One student, Chadi, who Carson told readers was on the 39th day of a hunger strike – while sharing no details about how he has miraculously survived, ostensibly without eating – is quoted as asserting that Israel is committing an “ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people,” a claim to which no evidence is brought forward, and no balance was provided.

In fact, throughout Carson’s 1,100 word opinion column masquerading as a news article, four anti-Israel student activists were quoted with their views, with no opposing views presented.

Carson quoted one student, identified as Em Kester, as claiming that “McGill has sent them emails saying that protesting could impact their ability to graduate,” and quoted the student as stating that “the university is threatening its students for doing a basic act of protesting.”

In reality, the university administration has produced statements condemning plans to “carry out protests that would ‘shut down’ academic activities at McGill,” not acts of peaceful protest.

Another campus-wide email sent to students from the administration shared that the school is investigating reports of “instances of protesters obstructing university activities and classes,” and that an arrest was made and charges are being pressed, not for protesting, but for illegal activity.

There is a chasm of difference between peaceful protests and violent riots which disrupt academic activities on campus, but this obvious distinction was entirely missed by Carson.

No evidence was provided by The Tribune of any statement by the McGill University administration threatening students with the inability to graduate by participating in protests on campus.

That did not stop Carson from quoting Kester as saying “a lot of students are afraid” of the administration’s crackdown, attempting to frame anti-Israel activists as innocent victims, and not as individuals facing consequences for their own actions.

This latest article is not the first time The Tribune has seemingly been unable to draw a line between news articles and opinion writing. Only two weeks earlier, The Tribune published an article by author Jasjot Grewal, where the author effectively acted as a spokesperson for a local anti-Israel club on campus.

The April 3 article in The Tribune by Lily Carson gave extended and uncritical coverage to anti-Israel activists, while parroting their language and claims, all while failing to provide any context or opposing views.

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