Pair Of CBC Radio Broadcasts Give Partial Picture Of Humanitarian Situation In Gaza, Ignoring Hamas’ Theft Of Aid

February 15, 2024

Just days after a lengthy CBC radio interview on its Day 6 program with Brent Bambury with a representative of a Gaza-based international aid agency with a documented history of anti-Israel activism, the public broadcaster soon produced two more interviews with representatives from the same organization.

On February 12, the CBC radio program As It Happens interviewed Shaina Low with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), where host Nil Köksal spoke with her about the humanitarian situation inside the Gaza Strip.

While the discussion was focused on the state of Gaza’s population, it was noteworthy for what it omitted.

Other than a statement by Köksa in the introduction, repeating a claim by Hamas that Israel had allegedly killed three hostages during recent operations, no mention was made of the Gaza-based Islamic terrorist group.

While critics may argue that mention of Hamas is not relevant to a discussion on humanitarian aid in Gaza, it could not be more relevant.

While Low discussed the “unimaginable” state in Gaza, neither she nor the host made any mention of the widespread theft of aid by Hamas and other groups, some of which has been vividly documented on video.

Hamas’ theft of aid meant for Gaza’s population stretches back years; according to estimates, nearly half of the terror group’s annual budget was spent on constructing its extensive network of subterranean tunnels, rather than investing in infrastructure, education or healthcare to serve the population it claims to support. Of the concrete meant for Gaza’s population, Hamas stole upwards of 95 percent of it.

The interview also touched on geopolitics, with the host concluding the interview by asking Low about international reactions to Israel’s operations in the southern Gaza Strip.

In response, Low said that “we need to see arms transfers to Israel be restricted. And, and really, it’s, it’s not just about the Israeli assaults, but it’s also on the conscience of the countries that are supplying Israel with these weapons that are causing such tremendous death and devastation and destruction throughout Gaza.”

With that sweeping statement, Low entirely delegitimizes Israel’s ability to defend itself against Hamas, or any other threats. Rather than critiquing some Israeli actions, she disregards any and all of Israel’s efforts to defend its citizens, which would leave them at the mercy of Hamas, which has joyfully massacred civilians as part of its effort to violently destroy Israel.

Rather than challenging Low, Köksal simply thanked her and concluded the interview.

The next day, a guest host on The Current with Matt Galloway, another CBC radio program, interviewed Yousef Hammash, a Palestinian aid worker with the NRC, who had also appeared four days earlier.

The segment, “Palestinians in Rafah brace for Israeli incursion,” featured the host speaking with Hammash about the humanitarian situation inside the Gaza Strip.

But like the previous day’s interview, and the one with Brent Bambury four days earlier, the host completely disregards any mention of Hamas’ theft of international aid and of Israel’s statements that there is “no limit” to the amount of aid that can be transferred to the coastal enclave.

At one point, the host asks Hammash why he has been conducting so many interviews, and he responds that “the only hope for us is the people outside,” mentioning specifically that he has “lost faith in” the International Court of Justice (ICJ) among other institutions.

Hammash’s statement, which runs contrary to the claims of some anti-Israel activists who have feebly attempted to portray the ICJ interim judgement as a loss for Israel, also suggests that his remarks, more than aimed at being educational, appear to be activist in nature as well. While CBC, as with any other news broadcaster, is eminently free to educate listeners about the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, that comes with the responsibility to provide a full picture, not a partial one.

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