Radio-Canada Game Show Declares All of Jerusalem to be a City of "Palestine" (August 16, 2011)

August 16, 2011



Radio-Canada Game Show Declares All of Jerusalem to be a City of “Palestine”

By: Mike Fegelman, Executive Director                                                                             August 16, 2011


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Dear HonestReporting Canada Subscriber,

When it comes to incitement and indoctrination of its own people towards hatred and terror against Israelis, Palestinian Authority television is notorious for airing programming which glorifies terrorists and demonizes Jews, all while depicting a world without Israel. It’s a world where a fictitious “Palestine” replaces the Jewish state, a world where the Jewish connection to the land of Israel is purposefully erased.

In Canada, this kind of broadcasting rarely comes across our radar. Until now, that is.

This past Friday August 12, Radio-Canada, the French-language network of CBC News, broadcast a game show featuring a question which shockingly presumed Jerusalem to be a city in “Palestine”.

On a game show called “Connivence”, Radio-Canada host Sébastien Benoit asked the following question to his contestants:

Radio-Canada Host Benoit: Which city in Palestine is known to be a place of pilgrimage for the Christians, Jews and Muslims?”

(Answer given by a contestant without hesitation): “Jerusalem!”

Radio-Canada Host Benoit: It is indeed Jerusalem!” (Audience applause)

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And there you have it. Our publicly-funded broadcaster has readily deemed all of Jerusalem to be a “city in Palestine”, despite the fact that Jerusalem is currently in, and an inseparable part of, the State of Israel. Indeed, Israel insists that Jerusalem is its undivided and eternal capital, with religious freedom for all faiths under its exclusive sovereignty.  Radio-Canada, on the other hand, falsely claims that holy sites in Jerusalem such as the Temple Mount, Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are all located in a mythical state called “Palestine”, under the implied sovereignty of the Palestinian Authority.

Even if Jerusalem were to be negotiated, it still doesn’t change the fact that the city is de facto under Israeli sovereignty – therefore the Radio-Canada question is simply factually incorrect in addition to it being a charged political statement. At a bare minimum, the international community considers the status of Jerusalem to be contested or disputed. The Palestinian Authority desires eastern areas of Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. At present, however, the Palestinians have not been granted statehood. Furthermore, they are unlikely to achieve this status through a unilateral declaration of independence this September.

Remarkably, in one fell swoop, Radio-Canada has done something that Palestinians themselves have been unable to achieve in decades worth of trying. Our public broadcaster declared a state of “Palestine” with an undivided Jerusalem as its capital, except that in Radio-Canada’s version, the exclusive sovereign to this land was the Palestinian Authority, not Israel.

How You Can Make A Difference:

Radio-Canada, its programs, and journalists have a duty to uphold journalistic integrity which proscribes media coverage which is biased, misleading and partisan. By declaring all of Jerusalem to be a city of “Palestine”, Radio-Canada has committed a serious journalistic transgression for which it must apologize. Please file a complaint with Radio-Canada’s Ombudsman by sending emails to: Please refer to the August 12 broadcast of the Radio-Canada game show “Connivence”.



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