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Radio-Canada Issues Clarification: Israel's Creation Not a Palestinian "Naqba" or "Catastrophe"

by Mike Fegelman

Radio-Canada Issues Clarification: Israel’s Creation Not a Palestinian "Naqba" or "Catastrophe"

On December 22, 2011 in a report entitled “The Year 2011 in the Middle East”, Radio Canada’s Ginette Lamarche introduced the subject of a Palestinian Arab Spring by stating: “Since the Naqba… this is the creation of the State of Israel in 1948”.

The term Naqba is a Palestinian term meaning “catastrophe”, and refers to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. However, Ms. Lamarche did not attribute this term to the Palestinian narrative of Israel’s creation, leaving the listener to assume the creation of Israel was a catastrophe from Radio Canada’s point of view. HonestReporting Canada asked for a clarification in light of this unattributed statement.

Better late than never, Radio Canada confirmed to HonestReporting Canada that it has introduced a clarification of this report on its website,which can be heard here. Sadly, the text of this clarification was not posted to the Radio-Canada corrections page. The clarification reads: “In her report, she evokes the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and speaks of the « Naqba”, an Arab word which signifies “catastrophe”. Palestinians use this word to qualify the creation of the State of Israel”.

Radio-Canada a ?mis Une Clarification : La Cr?ation de l’?tat d’Isra?l N’est Pas Une Catastrophe ou ‘Naqba ».

Dans son rapport du 22 d?cembre, 2011 intitul? « L’ann?e 2011 au Moyen-Orient » Ginette Lamarche, correspondante pour Radio-Canada, introduisait le sujet du printemps arabe palestinien en disant: «Depuis la Naqba… c’est la cr?ation d’Isra?l en 1948". Le terme «Naqba» repr?sente la version palestinienne de la cr?ation de l’?tat Isra?l et signifie une «catastrophe». Mme. Lamarche aurait d? attribuer ce terme aux Palestiniens. Sans attribution, cela sugg?re que Radio Canada qualifie la cr?ation de l’?tat d’Isra?l comme ?tant une catastrophe. HonestReporting Canada a demand? une clarification.

Radio Canada nous a confirm? qu’une clarification a ?t? finalement ajout?e au court texte de pr?sentation du reportage de madame Lamarche (mais n’?tait pas incluse dans la section de Mises au Point) :

La pr?cision dit : Ginette Lamarche fait le bilan de l’ann?e 2011 au Moyen-Orient. Dans son reportage, elle ?voque la cr?ation de l’?tat d’Isra?l en 1948, et parle de la « Nakba », un mot arabe signifiant « catastrophe ». Les Palestiniens utilisent ce mot pour qualifier la cr?ation d’Isra?l.

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