Pair Of Articles In Dalhousie University Student Newspaper Gives Credence To False Claims Against Israel

A pair of recent articles in The Dalhousie Gazette, a student newspaper at Halifax’s Dalhousie University, offers a helpful reminder of some of the key strategies of the anti-Israel movement: repeat outlandish accusations, no matter the facts.

In the column entitled: “Aaron Bushnell didn’t have to die,” author Giancarlo Cininni recalled Aaron Bushnell, an active duty United States Air Force member who, on February 25, set himself on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC, killing himself, while yelling “free Palestine.”

But rather than bemoaning the anti-Israel propaganda machine that would drive an individual to painful suicide, Cininni contributed to it.

In his column, Cininni falsely wrote that “three days after Bushnell’s protest, the Israel Defense Forces massacred civilians rushing for food aid,” shamelessly rewriting history, given that the Gazans killed in the incident he mentioned were not “massacred,” but killed by aid trucks which accidentally ran them over.

Undeterred by minor details such as factual accuracy, Cininni’s column continued by fabricating a reality unto itself, writing that “for all the “inclusive” rhetoric spewed by the Canadian government and on campuses, for all the so-called “virtue signaling,” there is near silence on the Palestine issue by these institutions.”

It is unclear what institutions Cininni was referring to, but the suggestion that there is “near silence on the Palestinian issue” is laughably wrong.

While millions of Sudanese face catastrophic famine, there are no protests in support of them, but rather regular anti-Israel demonstrations in cities around the world, protests on university campuses, and a fixation on the issue among some politicians.

If anything, there is deafening noise on the Palestinian “issue,” and complete silence as it relates to true genocides and famines elsewhere in the world, evidently because Israel cannot be blamed.

Among the most ridiculous statements in the column is Cininni’s claim that Israel has carried out “indiscriminate bombing” in Gaza, an allegation that, other than being repeated by Hamas propagandists, has absolutely no merit whatsoever.

In fact, Israel has shown extraordinary focus in its counter-terrorism efforts in Gaza, targeting Hamas and related targets, all while achieving a remarkably low percentage of civilian casualties.

The same day that Cininni’s anti-Israel rambling was published, another article, written by Jenna Olsen, was produced.

The article entitled: “Protest in support of Palestinians takes to the streets of Halifax,” reported on a local anti-Israel protest.

In providing background for readers, Olsen wrote that on October 7, “Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel by land, sea and air,” and Israel “attacked Gaza in retaliation,” offering no distinction between the murderous massacre by the terrorist group Hamas, which deliberately targeted innocent civilians, and the legitimate acts of self-defence by Israel, targeting Hamas terrorists.

However, rather than reporting on the event, and featuring a balance of comments, Olsen’s article was a one-sided fluff piece.

Olsen quoted one organizer, Rana Zaman from the Atlantic Canada Palestinian Society, as falsely accusing Israel of “genocide…to steal Palestinian land…to steal their resources.”

Untold by the Gazette, Zaman was ousted by the federal NDP after a tweet surfaced in which she had compared Israel to Nazi Germany.

While Zaman has the right to make such ludicrous statements – despite no genocide taking place in Gaza – Olsen’s inability or refusal to offer any context or even opposing voices to readers rendered her article little more than free publicity for the anti-Israel cause.

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