Post Hamas Massacre Of 1,400 Israelis, Concordia University Paper Features Litany Of Anti-Israel Commentaries

October 22, 2023

Following Hamas’ massacring of 1,400+ innocent Israelis on October 7, The Link, a student newspaper at Concordia University, published its latest edition on October 17 which was replete with anti-Israel content falsely accusing Israel of committing ethnic cleansing and other defamation of Israel, as well as providing moral equivalency between Israel and Hamas, a genocidal Islamist terrorist organization.

The newspaper’s front page depicted a Palestinian boy holding an olive branch over a shadow of a Palestinian flag, with no depiction of an Israeli or an Israeli flag.

Unsurprisingly, that was only a taste of the anti-Israel content festooning the newspaper.

One article entitled: “Finance update: ConU President’s trip to Israel,” penned by news editor Maria Cholakova and editor-in-chief Zachary Fortier, was a largely superficial accounting of the 2022 visit to Israel by Graham Carr, Concordia University’s president. While the article ostensibly was attempting to make Carr’s visit and $9,000 total expenditure a scandal, in reality, Carr’s visit was part of a larger delegation of presidents of leading Canadian research institutions to Israel, a world leader in hi-tech, research and innovation.

In another article entitled: “Students denounce double standard in Concordia’s Israel-Palestine statements,” author Iness Rifay, The Link’s co-news editor, interviewed Leith Barghouthi, a member of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) at Concordia University, a local anti-Israel student club on campus, for his views on a recent email sent by the Concordia University administration which called Hamas’ terrorist attacks “profoundly troubling” and called for the student body to voice their opinions in a way that is “civil and respectful.”

Rifay paraphrased Barghouthi as saying that Concordia’s statement condemning terrorism and statement of sympathy with those “who have lost family, friends or colleagues in the tragedy of the last several days” somehow left him and others “not feeling safe.”

Only days earlier, Barghouthi’s organization, SPHR, was a co-signer to a statement on social media, where it gave full-throated support to Palestinian terrorism, writing “we emphasize that a population living under siege and occupation has no option but to resist.”

In another article published in the same edition of The Link entitled: “The unspoken violence of censorship,” author Leora Schertzer baselessly accused Israel of carrying out a campaign of “ethnic cleansing” in Gaza following Hamas’ October 7 massacre of Israeli civilians. Unlike Hamas, a fanatical Islamist terrorist group dedicated to the destruction of Israel through violent means and which freely uses its own people as human shields, Israel has little choice but to seek to dismantle Hamas’ deadly capabilities.

In her column taking issue with what she characterized as attempts to “silence” Palestinians, Schertzer took issue with attempts by Jewish organizations to label anti-Zionism as antisemitism, falsely claiming that “if this becomes enshrined in law, any criticism of Israel would soon be made illegal.”

Such an assertion is ludicrous and without any basis in fact. Zionism is the movement to achieve self-determination for the Jewish People in their historic and ancestral homeland, and as such, anti-Zionism is the denial of those very rights. But the criticism of Israeli government policy, in contrast, does not constitute anti-Zionism, despite Schertzer’s attempts to conflate the two very distinct issues.

Schertzer ended her column with a plea that her Jewish community can “soften our hearts and find a collective pathway toward justice.” Such words ring hollow as Israel reels from the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, and when the country’s necessary attempts to degrade Hamas’ deadly military capabilities are met with false accusations of ethnic cleansing. There can be no comparison between Israel and Hamas, and calling for mutual understanding, despite its flowery language, is in fact an invitation to accepting moral equivalence between the two parties.

The October 17 edition of The Link is not the first time the newspaper has platformed anti-Israel content. Five months prior, the newspaper provided extensive space to anti-Israel commentators who called Israel’s independence in 1948 a catastrophe, and those who called for the destruction of Israel. The Link’s long history of anti-Israel bias can be further explored at the following links: (here, here, here, here, here, here, here,

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