Home Media Action Alerts2011 SunMedia Quiz Outrageously Insinuates that Israeli Women Committed Genocide (June 28, 2011)

SunMedia Quiz Outrageously Insinuates that Israeli Women Committed Genocide (June 28, 2011)

by Mike Fegelman


SunMedia Quiz Outrageously Insinuates that Israeli Women Committed Genocide

By: Mike Fegelman, Executive Director                                                                              June 28, 2011

Dear HonestReporting Canada Subscriber,

In a shocking quiz published in both the Edmonton and Calgary Sun this past Sunday June 26, the following outrageous question was posed to SunMedia readers:

What do Israel, Rwanda, Serbia, and Iraq have in common? The answer of course is next to nothing. But how Israel (specifically Israeli women), came to be considered as viable options for being "convicted of genocide by an international court" is beyond abhorrent.

What possessed the author of this quiz to draft such an outrageous comparison? Why did he/she feel it was reasonable to include Israel amongst countries who have committed genocide? Given that Israeli politics is both past and present relatively male-dominated, are these Sun newspapers implying that former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and perhaps current Kadima opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, could be included in this list?

When a CBC Radio-Canada host compared Israel with Sudan and Iran, we asked our readers to demand that our public broadcaster apologize for this repugnant comparison. After receiving hundreds of letters, Radio-Canada issued an unprecedented on-air apology.

As to this SunMedia quiz, no form of reasoning can justify the inclusion of Israel in this list of countries who have committed genocide.

How You Can Make A Difference:

Please refer to the "Know Your News?" quiz published on June 26 in the Edmonton and Calgary Sun and politely ask Editor-in-Chief Jose Rodriguez to publicly apologize for this offensive quiz question. Send your considered comments to: jose.rodriguez@sunmedia.ca






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