Simon Fraser University Student Newspaper Continues To Publish 1-Sided Anti-Israel Content

July 2, 2024

The Peak, a student newspaper at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, continues its obsession with the Jewish state (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here) by its publishing three anti-Israel articles in its June 24 edition.

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Hannah Fraser’s article entitled: “Over 200 Canadian charities found funding the Israeli occupation”, referred to a public letter by Just Peace Advocates and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute (CFPI) which called for Canada to investigate tax-discounted donations to Israel, on the basis that Israel is allegedly “committing genocide”.

The concern in Fraser’s article for abuse of Canadian tax dollars is not balanced by a like concern for charities who have supported Hamas terrorism. For example, NGO Monitor reported that in 2021, the US State Department cut ties with IRW – Islamic Relief Worldwide – due to “anti-Semitism exhibited repeatedly by IRW’s leadership.”

Additionally, Islamic Relief Canada states that it works “alongside the Ministry of Health” in Gaza. This is a Hamas entity. Yet all donations to Islamic Relief Canada are tax-deductible. Neither Fraser or any of those mentioned in the article have a word to say in protest.

Amanda Taylor, an SFU student, wrote in the second Peak article entitled: “The Genocide of Palestinians is not up for debate” and compared Prime Minister Trudeau’s condemnation of Russia committing “an element of genocide” to his lack of condemning Israel in the same terms. She alternately tried to establish proof by assertion, or relied on dubious data, including the Hamas-run Gaza Ministry of Heath casualty figures.

The only possible reason she entertains for Trudeau’s lack of condemnation is the power of the anti-Israel lobby, saying, “Canada should also be concerned with the disturbing level of anti-Israel lobbying that undermines any facade of political neutrality.” This borders on conspiracy theorizing. Taylor also disputed the widely-adopted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition equating anti-Zionism with antisemitism, quoting the fringe, “Independent Jewish Voices”, who, following Hamas’s October 7 massacres, openly defended Palestinian terrorism against Israelis.

Finally, in his column entitled: “From Turtle Island to Palestine,” Yildiz Subuk tried to draw parallels between the Indigenous in Canada and Gazans, referencing a factually incorrect view of the events of 1948 in support. He wrote: “During the Nakba…the Israeli army forced 700,000 Palestinians to flee their homes.”

What actually happened was that when Israel accepted the United Nations Partition Plan of a two-state solution, which the Arabs had rejected, the armies of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt descended on Israel. They demanded that the Arabs living in Israel leave so that they would not be harmed, promising their subsequent return. Hundreds of thousands of Arabs left Israel, regretful when Israel won the war against all odds.

None of the three articles deign to give any context to the current Hamas-launched war on Israel on October 7, instead gullibly repeating false accusations of genocide and famine, all while regurgitating baseless Hamas casualty numbers, and presenting them as legitimate.

For a one-sided, biased article, The Peak is the right address. Their delegitimization of Israel’s right to defend itself is the undercurrent that runs through their articles, cloaked in their supposed concerns.

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