The Caribbean Camera Newspaper Produces Yet Another Anti-Israel Propaganda Column

In its May 2 edition, The Caribbean Camera, a paper that claims to be “a trusted source of news, information, and community engagement for the Black and Caribbean communities in Toronto, Canada,” published another inaccurate article maligning Israel, the latest in a long string of such pieces.

In their commentary, Dahlia Benedikt, Toby Davine, and George Radner, three members of IfNotNow Toronto,  an organization that “seeks to end North American support for the Israeli occupation” wrote an article entitled, “Being True to the Passover Story”. The trio invertedly claimed that the Palestinians in Gaza today are equivalent to the historical Jewish slaves in Egypt.

They claim that Israel ethnically cleansed itself from the Arab population in 1948, when Israel gained its independence. In actuality, the Arab delegates rejected the United Nations Partition Plan in 1947, which would have created a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Instead, immediately upon Israel’s independence in 1947, Arab armies from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt attacked Israel, seeking to destroy it.

The Arab countries called upon Arabs living inside Israel to leave so that they would not be harmed in the expected annihilation of the Jews. Hundreds of thousands elected to leave. However, when Israel won the war, no Arab country would take these people in. Instead, a refugee problem was deliberately created to lay at Israel’s door.

The authors also alleged that Israel has been conducting ethnic cleansing since 1948 and that Israel is an apartheid state, failing to articulate that Israel – unlike apartheid-era South Africa – provides full and equal treatment to all citizens, regardless of race or religion.

Unsurprisingly, the IfNotNow trio continued to ignore antisemitism spurred on by anti-Israel propaganda, particularly on university campuses across the world. They alleged that the labeling of the recent campus protests as “antisemitic hate fests” is a distraction. It seems that the authors will do anything to avoid facing the antisemitism in front of them. With a protestor holding a “Final Solution” sign, Jewish students being denied entry, violence being perpetrated, and more, it is impossible not to see it – except to those, it seems, who decide to do just that.

It is unsurprising that the authors treat Hamas’ unverified, untrustworthy and repudiated casualty figures as fact, accuse Israel of a wanton blockade on Gaza, and of perennially bombing Gaza. Again, they ignore the level of threat to Israel from Hamas, a genocidal terrorist group.

At this point it does not shock that the authors make no mention of the years of rocket attacks on Israeli border towns, or the ongoing murderous attacks on its citizens. This would be contrary to their strategy.

All their purported ignorance is astonishing in light of Hamas’s transparency about its agenda. Its charter calls for the annihilation of Israel and Yahye Sinwar, Hamas’s leader, has stated his intention to repeat the group’s massacres of October 7.

However, performing this vanishing magic trick enables them to invalidate all of Israel’s responses and portray the Palestinians to be harmless victims.

It allows them to end their column with the delusional belief that there can be “a thriving shared future for all Palestinians and Israelis living from the river to the sea”, terrorists included.

The Caribbean Camera has long been a disseminator of anti-Israel propaganda, supported by $14,000 in federal taxpayer grants.

In its May 2 column in The Caribbean Camera, this trio of authors leveraged their Jewish identity in a cynical attempt to rewrite Jewish history to suit their anti-Israel agenda.

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