Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December 31

On the last day of the year reported on the fact that Palestine has joined the International Criminal Court. The article was full of quotes from Israelis and Americans saying how "counter-productive" this was, but still CBC did at least report on the frustration of the Palestinians.

Most of the Israeli quotes were nonsensical, in that they ignored the fact that Israel is stealing Palestinian land every day that negotiations are drawn out. But this one about the "moral army" is simply ludicrous.

Netanyahu called Israel's soldiers "the most moral army in the world" and said the country would take unspecified "retaliatory steps."

Calling the Israeli army "moral" just months after they butchered over 500 children is nonsense, but it is ludicrous to frame this statement with "retaliatory steps". If the Israeli army was so moral, then certainly Netanyahu would welcome the scrutiny of the Court to demonstrate their morality.

Now look at this paragraph:

Abbas has been under heavy domestic pressure to take action against Israel following months of tensions fuelled by the collapse of U.S.-brokered peace talks, a 50 day war between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, a spate of deadly Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets and Israeli restrictions on Palestinian access to a key Muslim holy site in Jerusalem. Tuesday's defeat in the UN Security Council further raised pressure on Abbas to act.

The list of issues above is a bit cock-eyed. It refers to a "war" of 50 days, then separately to a spate of Palestinian rocket attacks, as if these were two unrelated events. This is nonsense. First of all, it was less a war than a massacre, and secondly, the Palestinian rockets were flying during the so-called "war" and much worse was being thrown at Gaza at the same time by Israel. There is no need to list them separately.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

CBC - Look up "Suicide" in Dictionary

Here is a shocking headline on December 27th:

Iran suicide drone tested during military exercises

The problem is that it is nonsense. This drone is a kind of a missile, and since there is no life on board, there is nothing suicidal about it.

But the idea of Iranians having "suicide" weapons is scary, and Israel wants us to be scared of Iran, so CBC uses this ridiculous terminology.

CBC, who are you working for?

Jewish Children Have Value; Palestinian Children - not

On Christmas Day, this news item:

Israeli serviceman shoots 5yo Palestinian in the face 

Did think it worthy of reporting? I scanned for the next several days and there is no mention of this.

Let's do a thought experiment: If an Israeli 5-year old had been attacked and harmed like this, would not treat it as headline news?? Probably, it would.

Just as CBC ignored the Israeli car that killed a 5 year old in the West Bank and gave headline coverage to the Jewish child killed by car by a Palestinian in Jerusalem just a week later, it is only news when Jewish children are hurt.

Is it really just a coincidence that all the people responsible for so-called "journalist ethics" at are Jewish, and this kind of imbalanced coverage is happening???

Sunday, December 21, 2014

"Israel-Hamas war" - Nonsense

In an article on December 20, 2014, CBC refers to what they call the "Israel-Hamas war" to name the violent conflict in Israel/Palestine in the summer of 2014.

If this is not a propagandist misuse of language, I don't know what is.

First of all, if it had been a conflict between political parties, it could have been named the "Likud-Hamas war". But saying it was a conflict between a state "Israel" on one side, and a political entity "Hamas" on the other, is intentionally misleading. THE FACT is that it was a conflict between the state of Israel and the captive state of Palestine, and in reality, between the people of Israel and the people of Palestine. THE FACT is that Israel attacked and butchered the PEOPLE OF PALESTINE, not Hamas.

Secondly, the use of the word "war" is intentionally misleading, unless it is being used euphemistically like in the "war on drugs", which is not the case here. The situation was far too unbalanced to call it a war. It was a campaign of suppression against an occupied territory. Perhaps it can be called a "war" when you first occupy a place, but afterwards, when you just try to keep the occupied people in their submission, it is not called a war anymore. It can be called a "pacification", or a "repression" or a "subjugation" campaign. It is not a war, especially when the captive people are virtually helpless.

This was a caption to a photograph in the article:

The Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip in the summer left tens of thousands of people homeless. 

Here is a paragraph from the article:

Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza, fought a 50-day war this summer. In that war, Hamas launched thousands of rockets and mortars toward Israel, which carried out an aerial campaign and a ground invasion.

Note how the whole passage seeks to hide the inequality and brutality of what Israel did in Gaza, by calling the mass bombing of a tiny enclave of captive people "an aerial campaign". How sweet. But the CBC did not fail to mention the "thousands of rockets" (almost 100% ineffective), launched against Israel. Certainly this could have been balanced by noting the "tens of thousands" of effective munitions which were rained on Gaza.

It is simply amazing to me that CBC can be so brazenly and dishonestly protective of Israel and yet, when this is pointed out to the CBC Ombudsman, she cannot see it.

But I have seen this "cognitive dissonance" phenomenon so many times before. Individuals can be liberal, and intelligent, and clear-sighted about dozens of distant issues, but when something comes close to home, they can do a complete back flip and become totally illiberal and blind. If a cherished belief is challenged, they literally cannot see or believe any evidence to the contrary, not matter how conclusive.

This has certainly been the case with the majority of North American Jewish people. Many of them have been in the forefront of battles for human rights, for peace, and against racism. Jewish people were prominent in the Black Liberation movement; in anti-racist struggles; in the Labour Movement for worker's rights; in the Feminist Movement; and in the ant-war movements at the time of Vietnam. However these same liberal, progressive people literally cannot see the injustices done to Palestinians, and the racism, war crimes and human rights violations of Israel. They badly want to believe that Jews are the good guys; that Jews can only be victims, never victimizers, so they see only what they want to see and believe only what they want to believe. This is not unique to Jewish people. I have recently seen this same phenomenon in my Ukrainian friends who have been carried away from their long-held liberal principles by recent events in that country.

When my complaint to the CBC Ombudsman was handled by two individuals only, both of whom were Jewish, I tried to point out that perhaps a more neutral party (ie. someone not subject to this cognitive dissonance phenomenon) should be allowed to examine my complaint. In typical Zionist fashion, I was accused of being an anti-Semite for even suggesting this.

In fact, when I suggested that the CBC Ombudsman's failure to handle my complaint fairly was possibly based on this cognitive dissonance phenomenon, I was actually being very generous. I was suggesting that they were not aware of how unfair they were being.

But actually there could be a more sinister reason for the way they blew off my complaint, and that is that they knew exactly what they were doing. That they were consciously working for Israel, and they intend to mislead Canadians as part of an effort to protect Israel. I did not, and would not, declare that such sinister and unethical motives were behind the unfair handling of my complaint by the Ombudsman, but when I see on a daily and ongoing basis how imbalanced CBC reporting is on the Israel/Palestine issue, I have to keep asking myself:

CBC, who are you working for?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BC Screwy Priorities

Although CBC had no room in its article yesterday on the killing of the Palestinian minister to provide the necessary context to the events that led to his death, today CBC devoted a whole headline article to the possibility that he died from a bad heart, rather than from Israeli brutality:
"Doctors disagree on cause of death of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ain"
Really. considering the proven fact that there was brutality, how relevant is this issue of a possible heart attack. OK, it is worth mentioning, but a whole headline article?? Give me a break. The injustice of the Israeli response to a peaceful action by Palestinian farmers who simply wanted to plant olive tees on their own land, is barely mentioned - but there is all this space to try to exonerate the Israelis by pointing out it was a possible heart attack.
CBC's news priorities are not balanced nor are they even remotely honest. It is simply disgraceful.

Palestinian Mister killed

Why does CBC fail to provide anything more than the sketchiest of context to this killing? Here are CBC's words:
Wednesday's events began with a march by several dozen Palestinians who headed to agricultural land near the West Bank village of Turmus Aya to plant olive tree saplings, participants said. The land is close to an Israeli settlement and mostly off limits to the village's farmers, protesters said.
Why does CBC fail to say that the land which the protestors were heading towards was privately owned Palestinian farm land, and that the "settlement" it was near was an illegal Israeli colony? Is it really enough to just say it was "off-limits", and thus implying the protestors were breaking some kind of legitimate directive? 
Isreal is constantly stealing more and more land from Palestinians. In this case it has not only stolen the land the so-called settlement is built on, but is denying access to the land around the "settlement" which is legally owned by Palestinians and desperately needed by them to survive.
This little bit of context, which CBC will claim they had no room to include, would have shown how criminal the murder of this Palestinian minister really was, and omitting it makes the article incomplete and possibly even misleading. Par for the course for CBC.

Friday, December 5, 2014

My complaint to CBC Ombudsman

Well, I got a reply to my complaint. Both the CBC rep and the Ombudsman agreed that my complaint had no merit; that CBC reporting on the massacre and events in Israel/Palestine in the summer of 2014 was absolutely "fair and balanced". Yeh, like Fox News is fair and balanced.

It seems both Nagler of CBC and Enkin, the Ombudsman, cannot even perceive their own biases. I may be wrong, but both Nagler and Enkin are Jewish names. Jewish people can be very liberal on a million issues, but very often, in my personal experience, on Israel/Palestine they are frequently  incapable of seeing things objectively. This is sometimes simply the result of a lifetime of indoctrination at home, in the synagogue and other Jewish organizations, that makes it impossible to see things any other way but the Zionist way.

Both Nagler and Enkin gave my complaint shoddy and insincere attention - completely ignoring the points that were most difficult for them to refute. This is a sign that they did not want to address a problem, but to cover it up - which is definitely not in the Ombudsman's mandate.

If I were to point out that it is a possible problem that both people charged with handling my complaint have Jewish backgrounds, I would be accused of anti-Semitism. But let's be honest here - Does anyone believe that if both people handling my complaint at CBC had been Palestinian-Canadians or Arab-Canadians, that the analysis would have been the same?

In my complaint I compared the asymmetry of the Jewish military attacking Gaza, to the asymmetry of the Nazi troops attacking the Warsaw Ghetto, and asked why CBC gave such sympathetic treatment to the death of one Israeli soldier, far out of proportion to the treatment given the deaths of thousands of Palestinian civilians.

Both Nagler and Enkin ignored the real intent of my comparison, which was the asymmetry in both situations, and they both declared that they found the comparison "insulting and offensive". Now really, who cares whether they were insulted or offended, why did they not address the issue which was the unbalanced reporting???

And do a thought experiment here - if Nagler and Enkin had been Palestinian-Canadians or Arab-Canadians, would they have found the comparison "insulting and offensive". Not likely. They may have said it was a bit extreme, and perhaps not relevant, but they would never have found it "insulting and offensive". It was "insulting and offensive" to Nagler and Enkin because Jewish people are very sensitive about anything Jewish or Israeli being compared to Nazis. Because of this ethnic sensitivity they chose to ignore my point, not address it at all, and instead just express their disapproval of my example. 

In fact, their entire rejection of my complaint seems to be based quite soundly on a profound Zionist bias, but if I were to say so, that would be considered anti-Semitic. It must be nice to have things both ways for Zionists at CBC. They can act like Zionists, but no one can accuse them of acting like Zionists without being branded racist!!!

If I ask the Ombudsman to let some non-Jewish experts examine my complaint (Heaven forbid that a Palestinian-Canadian should ever be allowed to do so!), I am certain I will be accused of being anti-Semitic just for making the suggestion.


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Monday, December 1, 2014

Absence from Canada

I have been traveling in Egypt, Oman and India all of November and have not had good Internet access. IU am certain, based on past performance that has continued to misinform Canadians on Israel/Palestine during this time, and regret I have not been able to comment.

I return to Canada next week and will resume blogging.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CBC - Not Biased???

On Nov 5 CBC published another article about a Palestinian attack in Jerusalem. In this case only the attacker was killed.

But CBC IGNORES the regular, routine attacks by Israeli settlers, police and military on Palestinians, many resulting in sever injury and death, and many involving teenagers and children This is just not news worthy???

The article notes this is the second car attack in Jerusalem in two weeks, but IGNORES the even more numerous Israeli attacks in roughly the same time period..

The article also uses the word "terror attack" in two places, disingenuously attributing these words to Israelis, but using them anyway.

Today an Amnesty International Report was issued which baldly accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza. This was not news.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Selective Quotations

In an article on October 31, included a quote by Mahmud Abbas, in which he described Israelis who try to enter the Temple Mount as a "herd of cattle."

Finally, after dozens of quotes from Netanyahu and other Israeli government people, there is one from a Palestinian leader. Is it a coincidence that it was such an unpleasant use of words? Is it a coincidence that quoting this remark thrown out in anger at a Fatah meeting makes Abbas look bad?

BC had room for this inappropriate quote, which reflects badly on Abbas, but does not really say anything relevant about the situation, except that Abbas is angry and is careless in his use of words.

However when Abbas spoke at the UN, and used carefully chosen words, that were quite harsh, and that balanced out the nonsense that Netanyahu spouted in a CBC interview about the same time, CBC did not quote him. Abbas said that Israel's actions in Gaza amounted to "genocide". Rather strong words. CBC claims they do not use loaded words themselves in articles, like "Palestinian terrorism", but to include them in quotations is OK.

But if we examine who and how people are quoted in CBC we get a very clear picture, that CBC is showing bias - frequently quoting misleading statements and even nonsense from Israelis, and rarely quoting Palestinians unless it is to make them look bad.

Monday, October 27, 2014

My Complaint to the CBC Ombudsman

After waiting 100 days I finally received a comment from CBC on my complaint to the Ombudsman. I will not give the entire message here, suffice to say that it was a disgusting exercise in COVER-UP and completely lacked honesty or sincerity. In effect it declared that reporting on the Israel/Palestine conflict in the summer of 2014 was nothing less than PERFECT. The very conceit of this claim is mind-boggling.

My next step is to go back to the Ombudsman and declare the CBC response to be unsatisfactory and request an Ombudsman investigation. Who knows how long I will haver to wait for that.

Here is the rather long message I sent to the Ombudsman today:

Dear Ms Enkin,


After waiting about 100 days I have finally received a reply from CBC regarding my complaint to you about coverage of the Israel/Palestine situation this past summer. Unfortunately the CBC reply is very unsatisfactory, and I must request that you investigate the matter directly.


I believe no honest person, who is not blinded by ethnic loyalties and prejudices, can deny the fundamental truth of my complaint – that reporting on Israel/Palestine over the four-month period last summer presented, overall, an imbalanced picture which favoured an Israeli perspective. Unfortunately Mr. Nagler of CBC has chosen to deny my complaint even an iota of merit, and in order to justify his rejection has resorted to a number of fallacious arguments and techniques. These include:

1) Raising irrelevant points

2) Ignoring inconvenient evidence

3) Creating straw men that misrepresent my points and then refuting these instead of addressing my points

4) Discussing my points as if replying, but without actually addressing them


I will give you specific examples of each of the above in an appendix to this email. I hope you will appreciate the inappropriate nature of this kind of argumentation and reject it as I have. Also I hope you will especially address the strong examples that Mr. Nagler chose to ignore entirely which are listed under item 2) in the following appendix.


What is especially disheartening about Mr. Nagler's reply is that it gave me the distinct impression that he had absolutely no interest in learning anything from my complaint. His objective was simply to deny everything, and insist that reporting was already perfect and that he had no intention to change it in any way. To me this suggests a lack of sincerity in the performance of his duties as the guardian of CBC's ethical standards. We all should be prepared to learn from criticism and not just provide a totally defensive stance.


Mr. Nagle wrote in his reply to me; "I appreciate that you have a strong commitment to the Palestinians." Actually this statement reveals that Mr. Nagle has completely misunderstood me. I am not Palestinian. I am not motivated by a desire to protect one ethnic group against another. However I am committed to a number of things, including:


1)      Responsible, honest journalism – I am a Canadian committed to honest journalism for Canada, otherwise I would not spend so much of my time communicating with the Ombudsman. It is actually insulting to me that Mr. Nagle should not recognize this point and accuse me of being motivated by partisan loyalties.


2)      Peace – I am committed to peace, and as I stated in the preamble to my complaint I believe CBC's faulty reporting makes a significant contribution to Israel's war strategy. Indeed Israel/Palestine is just a convenient example, because I also believe CBC's reporting in other areas, particularly Iran and Ukraine, is also slanted towards endorsing and promoting unnecessary wars.


3)      Justice and Human Rights – I am committed to justice and human rights, and I oppose CBC's reporting which tends to not only fail to address the abuses by Israel of Palestinians adequately, but actually facilitates these abuses.


If I can be accused of having an ethnic bias, it would not be to Palestinians. I am Jewish and I believe Israel's behaviour and policies are a black mark on the Jewish people, and that CBC is actually acting against the interests of Jewish people when it seeks to promote the interests of Israel through its faulty reporting.


I am certain you will give my complaint a more sincere, understanding, thoughtful, and respectful consideration than that offered by Mr. Nagle, and I thank you in advance.


Yours sincerely,


Terry Greenberg



Appendix: Fallacies employed by Mr. Nagle to reject my complaint


(Mr. Nagle's comments are in regular print. My comments are in italics and in bold.)


1)      Raising Irrelevant Points


Mr. Nagler goes to great length to outline all the constraints under which journalists labour, and I recognize them as valid. He writes that different stories require different treatment, and that there are space constraints, and time deadlines. But these arguments are basically irrelevant. All these constraints can be perfectly true, and unavoidable at particular times, but it is still possible that the final product will be imbalanced or give the impression of racial bias. It is a logical fallacy to say that, since a final outcome was natural or automatic, it is a good outcome.


The coverage of the three kidnapped Israelis was completely out of proportion to the coverage of the killing of Palestinian teenagers, both in May 2014 and during the raids after the kidnapping. At least Mr. Nagler could have admitted this as a problem that has the appearance of racial bias.


But having conceded that there are journalistic constraints, I must insist that journalists still have considerable leeway, and they are constantly making choices and that these choices inevitably reflect their biases however much they may try to avoid bias. We all have biases and it is disingenuous of Mr. Nagler to even suggest that CBC has managed to completely avoid bias, in spite of the overwhelming evidence that their coverage is skewed and biased.


If coverage unintentionally gives the impression of bias, the option still exists to take special measures to try to restore balance. This CBC does not do, except if the appearance of bias seems to malign Israel. I gave the example of the juxtaposition of headlines – when the CBC headline revealed that Israel bombed a school full of children, an unnecessary sub-headline was added quoting Netanyahu saying Israel wanted a restoration of peace. So even though the journalistic context did not require it, CBC made this special effort to try to soften the implied criticism of Israel.


My complaint was that OVERALL during the summer of 2014 coverage was imbalanced, not just on any particular story, and Mr. Nagler has not properly addressed this main point.


Nagler: How stories are covered also depends on the significance of the story, its newsworthiness, and what else is going on that day. A major story in one area can draw all of a news organization's attention to the exclusion of most other stories. And of course the coverage depends on the resources available to us at that time.The point here is that trying to make a meaningful comparison between the coverage of stories that happened days or weeks apart is something of a mug's game. The amount of coverage, the style of coverage or even whether a story is covered at all cannot be taken as indicative of partisanship or bias. 

 -----All these points are valid, but they do not address my complaint, which referred to an overall trend. It is a fallacy to raise perfectly legitimate points like these that are not relevant to my complaint and pretend it has been answered

2) Ignoring Inconvenient Evidence


If someone ignores the strongest and most inconvenient elements of a contrary argument, he cannot be said to have honestly addressed it, nor can he be said to have refuted it.


Here are several of my strongest arguments which Mr. Nagler ignored. Instead, for example on racism, he pontificated on how CBC is holier-than-thou in avoiding racism:


From my complaint:


8) CBC gave several headlines, and published details of the one Israeli soldier that was believed to have been captured by Hamas. They described him sympathetically and in great detail, including quotes from his family and family pictures. But in the Israeli bombardments of Rafah that followed this capture, 150 Palestinians were killed, mostly civilians and many children. CBC only reported this as a one-liner. How is it not racist to value the life of one Jewish soldier (a member of a mass-murdering army of occupation) over the lives of hundreds of the Arab victims of Israeli soldiers just like him?


3)      Four Gazan children were blown to smithereens as they were playing soccer on a Gaza beach. This received a little bit of CBC coverage, but no headline, and nothing compared to the coverage of the three kidnapped teenagers. Just do a mind experiment here – if four Jewish children had been killed while playing soccer on a beach, would CBC report it in such a cavalier fashion? Not likely. Racists view the death of the children of what they view as sub-humans, like the Gazan children, as of little importance, while the deaths of Jewish children would be horrifying.


Regarding this last example, Ms. Engler, in the hypothetical case that 4 Israeli children playing soccer on a beach were blown up, do you personally believe that CBC would treat this incident in the same cavalier fashion? It is absolutely unbelievable that CBC would not make a huge deal out of similar Israeli deaths, with photos of the kids, their families, their funerals, and sympathetic lines on how these deaths have saddened and angered the whole nation. There is no way CBC would handle the gruesome murder of Israelis in the same cavalier way they handled this incident of Palestinian children's deaths. If that is not reporting from a biased, racist perspective, then what is it?


Also the big fuss CBC made about one Israeli soldier, compared to the rather blasé treatment of the hundreds killed in the search for him needs to be answered. Again if that is not bias and racism, then what is it?


Mr. Nagler chose to completely ignore these questions. I hope you will not.


Incidentally, just a few days ago, on October 23rd CBC reported on the killing of a Jewish child in Jerusalem at great length, treating it as a lead story. That was not a slow news day, because Canada was still traumatized by the Quebec and Ottawa killings of Canadian soldiers. However on a much slower news day, a full week earlier, CBC did not even report a similar incident where an Israeli settler intentionally ran over a 5-year old Palestinian child in Ramallah. If this is not bias and racism, what is it?


Mr Nagler also ignored this example in my complaint to you:


30) The destruction of civilian infrastructure is normally classified as collective punishment and is considered a war crime. Instead of using these words, CBC calls the civilian infrastructure "symbols of Hamas power", in a complete twisting of legitimate meaning:


Gaza conflict: Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule, cripples power plant

Since when are electric power plants "symbols of rule" for a government or a community? They are not SYMBOLS. They are the life blood of a community. Destroying these electric power plants is an act of collective punishment. It is definitely a crime under international law.

CBC should be putting the criminal, immoral nature of these attacks into the headline, not prettying them up by calling them symbolic acts.

Ms. Engler, I hope you will address this point and not ignore it as Mr. Nagler has done.

Mr. Nagler also chose to ignore this example:

My complaint:  18). In very biased fashion, CBC has reported on the displays of open revulsion by thousands of people around the world at Israel's barbaric attack on Gaza, and tried to misrepresent it. Instead of noting the decency of these protesters and their cause and the fact that 99% of them were peaceful, CBC emphasized the violence of a few incidents that occurred. 


Gaza conflict sparks massive global protests, some violent

Tempers flare at demonstrations and police fire tear gas during clashes with protesters

This headline was accompanied with a picture of violent Parisian youth.


There is NO WAY that this photo is an appropriate portrayal of the fact that so many people are so offended by Israel barbarism that they have come out of their comfort zone and taken to the streets to demonstrate. How can you portray the 99% by the 1%, and be considered balanced?


Dear Ms. Engler, I hope you will address this question as well. 


3) Straw Man Fallacy


Nagler: In one example you pointed to "massive coverage" of an Israeli story, but little coverage of a similar story about Palestinians. The implication appears to be that to be fair the coverage of these stories should be the same. It is a faulty yardstick.

----This is the STRAW MAN fallacy. He is reinterpreting my words to weaken them. I never said that coverage of similar stories must be the same. I said that CBC CONSISTENTLY places much more weight and concern about stories of Israeli suffering, in all situations, not necessarily just this one.

Nagler: First, while journalists are expected to take a balanced approach to complex issues, you wrote, there are issues, such as reporting on the Holocaust, where there is no balance possible and imposing balance becomes "false and misleading". That's the situation in Gaza, you wrote. There is no comparison between the amount of power, injustice and suffering experienced by Israelis and Palestinians, although CBC News stories "pretend there is some kind of symmetry where there is none".

If I understand it correctly, the implication of your analogy – which appears to equate Israel with Nazi Germany – is that we should not cover the Israeli side of the conflict, but only report the death, suffering and damage Israel has inflicted on Gaza.

---- The Straw Man fallacy at work again. I NEVER SAID THE ISRAELI SIDE SHOULD NOT BE COVERED!!!!  When Nagler claims this he is distorting my words intentionally, to make it easier to refute them. This is actually a disgusting tactic.  I said the asymmetry of the conflict needs to be more clearly described, otherwise the conflict will be misunderstood.

Nagler: A moment's reflection should confirm that such a comparison, to use your phrase, is "false and misleading", as well as offensive to many.

-----Why is my comparison offensive?? It is in Nagler's imagination that I "equate Israel to Nazi Germany". Here he is again busily building straw men. I cited the abuses of helpless Jews in Germany as a valid example of a wildly asymmetrical conflict, which is exactly what we have in Gaza. Indeed there are painful parallels between the suffering of the Gazans and the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, but that is another story.

Nagler: Such one-sided coverage would properly be labeled propaganda, not journalism.

---- So convenient to refute my views as propaganda, when what he is addressing are not even my views. I fear he is calling the kettle black, because Mr. Nagler's CBC is in the business of disseminating propaganda.

4)      Pretending to address my concern while dodging it

Nagler: It is difficult to respond specifically, in the absence of examples. I'm sure CBC News stories have said Israel launched airstrikes in response to Hamas firing rockets. It is also true that our stories have said Hamas launched rockets into Israel following Israeli air strikes or artillery attacks.

------Nagler misses the point entirely here. Hamas did not just launch rockets into Israel just because of  Israeli air strikes. Hamas started large-scale launching of rockets in response to the brutal way in which Israel responded to the kidnapping. This point was never made in any of the CBC coverage and it is very relevant. Also the kidnapping did not happen in isolation, but it was probably in retaliation for the dozen Israeli killings during Nakba Day in May. My point, which Nagler ignores, is that CBC always seem to qualify Israeli actions as a "Response", while Hamas' actions are not properly explained as a response to something.

If Mr. Nagler had made the effort to go back and examine all the articles he would find that EVERY time, the qualifying phrase is added to Israeli actions "as a response", but that ALMOST NEVER are Hamas actions qualified with any phrase at all. 

Nagler: The Middle East is one of the most difficult places in the world for reporters to do their job. Every event has an antecedent. And every antecedent has an antecedent. It is no surprise that supporters of both sides feel passionate about the way the issues are presented by the media and are upset when one fact or another does not make it into a report. But realistically, they cannot. We have carried many stories about the history of the conflict. We've explored the competing views – the conventional ones and those that are less so – often at some length. But all of that information cannot be included in every story.

News is about what is new. We include enough information to help readers understand the significance of the events they are reading about. But it would be impossible to conduct normal journalistic operations if we were to assume that readers came to our stories about the conflict with no background information at all.

------In CBC there is always room for a qualifying phrase "in response to Hamas rockets", but no room to do the same for Hamas. This justification is inadequate.

Nagler:  You wrote that an August 3 story said, in part, that Egypt and Israel imposed the blockade on Gaza "after the Islamic militant group overran the territory in 2007". Hamas won a legitimate election in 2007" you wrote, asking "how can that be described as an 'over run'"?

In fact, Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian legislative election defeating Fatah. The two formed a national unity government early in 2007, but it was dissolved shortly afterward when Hamas seized government offices in Gaza throwing out Fatah officials. 

----The reality is that Hamas was the legitimately elected government of both the West Bank and Gaza, but it was "DRIVEN OUT" of the West Bank by Fatah. It retained its position in Gaza, somewhat violently, but that in NO WAY can be described as the "overrunning" of Gaza.

----Here Nagler ignores my reference to the word "overrun". He refuses to even comment on whether a better word might have been chosen. Indeed in his comment he replaced it with "seized government offices", which is equally false.

What is the definition of "overrun'? It is "invade, swarm over in great numbers like vermin, to attack and defeat an enemy position". The word "overrun" has nasty connotations and is clearly not appropriate here, but even on this one tiny point, Nagler refuses to concede that CBC could have used a better, more neutral word.

The word "overrun" has strong connotations of illegitimacy and taking over by violence. It is used in order to demonize and demean Hamas, and essentially hides and ignores the truth about how Hamas came to govern Gaza through a democratic election. If Mr. Nagler was even slightly sincere in his handling of my complaint, he would at least have conceded to me that a more neutral word should have been used. He claims CBC does not take sides in the conflict, but using language like this to describe Hamas, but not to describe Israel (which has done a lot of "over running itself) is imbalanced and biased.

Here is another example:

Nagler: In a story posted ten days later (on June 25) under the headline, "Kidnapping of 3 young Israeli men raises tensions with Hamas", the focus had shifted entirely. (You can find the story here: The story reported that thousands of Israel soldiers, police and security agents were coursing through the West Bank searching thousands of homes and imposing restrictions on the residents.  It said that thousands of Palestinians had taken to the streets to protest what they saw as a crackdown. It said that four Palestinians including a teenager had been killed by Israeli forces and over 400 people arrested at that point, including 250 Hamas members. It said the measures were seen as an Israeli effort to deal a blow to the organization and dismantle its infrastructure in the West Bank. The story said that the Israeli operation had drawn criticism from human rights groups who said it amounted to collective punishment. It quoted a UN official as saying the rising death toll was "alarming" and warning Israel not to punish individuals for crimes they have not committed.   

------I did not say that did not cover this story. Mr. Nagler ignores my point which was that it did not cover it in sufficient detail to reveal how abusive and immoral it was. It gave it very limited, incomplete coverage, and then failed to point out how much it humiliated, abused and angered Palestinians and how it could be seen as the direct cause of increased Hamas rocket fire at Israel. never mentioned that most of the Hamas people arrested, without charge or evidence, where individuals who had recently been released under an agreement with Hamas, and that their re-arrest was a gross violation of that agreement. This is highly relevant, but it is missing. If Mr. Nagler really wanted to address my concern, he would explain exactly why this highly relevant fact was never mentioned.

Also where were the photos and personal stories of the Palestinians killed in these raids? Where was the sympathetic coverage of the suffering of their families? And CBC failed to go into sufficient detail of how abusive the raids were – the kicking down of hundreds if not thousands of doors, the midnight raids terrorizing children, and the very relevant fact that the majority of Hamas members arrested were those recently released from Israeli prisons, and in re-arresting them was reneging on agreements with Hamas. THIS IS PROBABLY THE MAIN REASON WHY HAMAS STARTED HEAVY FIRING OF ROCKETS AT ISRAEL. This is extremely relevant information, and I referenced it in my complaint to you. In ignoring this point, Nagler is again giving a fallacious argument that ignores KEY elements of my complaint.

Another example:

Nagler: The story you cited was posted on July 23 – after two weeks of fighting – under the headline, "Hamas arsenal suggests 'apocalyptic' scenario: Israeli official". The story was not from the Middle East, but related the contents of a PowerPoint briefing given to Canadian reporters in Ottawa by a "senior Israeli defence official". The anonymous official described the weapons, the tunnels and the threat posed to his country by Hamas and the militants in Gaza.  At one point, the report said, he "painted an 'apocalyptic' scenario", one "where Hamas and its backers in Qatar and Iran might be capable of coordinated attacks with Hezbollah … which has also stockpiled rockets on Israel's northern border".

That is the view of an anonymous Israeli military media briefer. It is our obligation to carry a range views on controversial issues such as this, even those with which you do not agree. This story was one of hundreds of stories published and broadcast by CBC News during July and August focusing on different aspects of the conflict.

Here is my comment to the Ombudsman:

Hamas arsenal suggests 'apocalyptic' scenario: Israeli official

West 'cannot tolerate' advanced capabilities discovered in Gaza, Israeli official says


Hamas is a tiny little resistance movement facing one of the world's most powerful militaries, but CBC saw fit to quote this asinine claim that Hamas threatens the Western world?


----The story and its headline were nonsensical. The Israeli briefer said that Hamas was actually a threat to the West. In fact Hamas is not even much of a threat to Israel. Is CBC really obliged to publish glaring headlines based on nonsensical claims like this? And if they must, where is the balancing article from another source pointing out how nonsensical this claim is? And the fact that it was published during the height of the violence clearly supports the Israeli side, and is not balanced. Also if Mr. Nagler was sincere, he would give me some examples of where CBC has highlighted equally asinine claims against Israel in glaring headlines.

Another example:

Nagler: 29) You wrote that a CBC News story included the word "'terrorism'", a word you described as "badly misused" and "propaganda". You cited a story that included this sentence: "'We believe there is a great likelihood this was a terrorist attack,' Piranti said". 

The words "terrorist" and "terrorism" are used in CBC News stories to describe particular acts or people, but usually only when attributed.  In other words, if presidents, prime ministers, political leaders, police chiefs, and the like, use them, they are freely included in our reporting – and attributed to the person who used them.

 But as with many of the leading news organizations in the western world, the CBC's practice – and it has been the practice in CBC newsrooms for over 30 years now – is to try to avoid using the words on their own as a form of description without attribution. Given the often political and premature use of these words, our preference is to describe the act or individual, as a "militant", "bomber" or "gunman," for instance, and let the reader make his own judgment about the nature of the event.

Here again Mr. Nagler dodges my point. I noted in my complaint that CBC does not directly use this word, but frequently quotes others using it. But CBC does not frequently quote non-Israelis using harsh, and perhaps inappropriate, vocabulary about Israel, such as words like "genocide" and "ethnic cleansing".

Indeed a good example is in my example 19) which Mr. Nagler chose to ignore. Here CBC quotes a non-entity (Jon Vioght) nonsensically accusing critics of Israel's barbarity in Gaza of anti-Semitism, but did not quote in a full article the words of the Spanish actors' manifesto that accused Israel of genocide. This is a good example of selective quotations.



Balanced Reporting??

Just a couple of days after treated the killing of an Israeli child as a major news item, and a week or so after ignored the killing of a 5-year old Palestinian child, on October 26th ignored the following news item reported elsewhere:

A Palestinian teen with U.S. citizenship was killed today (October 26) by the Israeli army at a demonstration in the West Bank town of Silwad, near Ramallah. Fourteen-year old Orwah Hammad was shot with a live bullet that entered his neck and exited through his head, according to Ramallah hospital staff. He died while being treated at Ramallah hospital around 6 p.m. this evening, Jerusalem time. 

CBC claims to be balanced and not racist but that is just the continuation of the same kind of dishonesty and lack of integrity that allows their reporting to be so imbalanced and racist in the first place.

One would think this item would have been particularly news worthy because of the American citizenship of the victim.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

More imbalanced reporting

On October 23rd CBC reported on the death of a baby in a Palestinian car attack at a Jerusalem light rail station. Here is the article:

Jerusalem's mayor on Thursday called for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, as police beefed up security after a Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded light rail train station, killing a baby girl.

The crash Wednesday night escalated already heightened tensions in east Jerusalem, the section of the holy city captured by Israel in 1967 and claimed by the Palestinians as their capital.

Since the summer, Palestinian youths have clashed frequently with Israeli police, throwing stones and firebombs at Israeli motorists and disrupting service of the city's light rail train — a service meant to unify the city.

In an interview, Mayor Nir Barkat said the violence has become intolerable, and he vowed to restore order.

"Yesterday, what we saw is another higher level, of people running over a three-month-old baby," he told The Associated Press. "We must fight violence, and we will win that war."

The latest unrest has created perhaps the biggest crisis for Barkat, a former high-tech entrepreneur, during his six years in office.
Barkat has a particularly sensitive job, presiding over a diverse city that includes secular and observant Jews, an insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and more than 200,000 Palestinians. It is a cauldron of conflicting interest groups that frequently boils over into unrest.

The violence erupted over the summer after three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed by militants in the West Bank. Jewish extremists retaliated by kidnapping and burning to death a Palestinian teenager in east Jerusalem, sparking violent riots.

The unrest continued throughout the summer after Israel attacked Gaza in response to heavy Hamas rocket fire. The arrival of Jewish nationalists into the heart of an Arab neighbourhood, coupled with clashes at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, have further fuelled the tensions.

Police called Wednesday's crash, which killed a three-month-old U.S. citizen and wounded eight other people, a terror attack.

Driver killed by police

The car's driver, identified as Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, was a Palestinian from east Jerusalem who had served time in prison for militant activities. He was shot by police as he tried to run away and later died from his wounds.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said several hundred extra police personnel had been deployed in flashpoint areas, mostly Arab neighbourhoods in east Jerusalem. He said the reinforcements included riot-control troops and paramilitary border police.

Also, he said, new intelligence-gathering facilities, including small surveillance balloons, are being deployed. He called the buildup a "strategic decision" connected to the overall situation, not a response to Wednesday's killing.

"We have a peak of terror, and the use of violence in Jerusalem in the last few months," Barkat said. "We will deal with it and we'll make sure it's dramatically decreased, and it'll happen very, very soon."
Overnight and early Thursday, police broke up unrest in several Arab neighbourhoods, Rosenfeld said. No major violence was reported, though authorities were bracing for trouble during Friday's weekly noon Muslim prayers, a time when clashes frequently erupt.

Palestinians say they suffer discrimination when it comes to housing and municipal services, and they consider Israeli actions in east Jerusalem as provocations.

Barkat rejected such suggestions, saying there is no excuse for the violence.

He said he frequently works quietly with Arab leaders to maintain calm, and that many Arab neighbourhoods have thrived with new roads and schools during his term by working with municipal authorities. But he said investment can only take place if the city is quiet.

"The majority of Arab residents in Jerusalem, they don't want the city divided, they understand exactly what they gain by the united city of Jerusalem," he said. "There's no way it will ever function, God forbid, as a divided city."

After waiting over 3 months, about 100 days, I finally got a reply from CBC to my August complaint to the CBC Ombudsman. As might be expected, CBC claims that they are lily-white and pure as the driven snow in their reporting on Israel/Palestine. I will post their reply later on this blog, but just look at the examples in today's article which show that CBC continues in its disgusting imbalanced reporting.

Here are some examples from today's article:

1) I complained that CBC always gives reasons why Israelis do bad things, but usually avoids giving reasons why Palestinians do bad things;

The violence erupted over the summer after three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed by militants in the West Bank. Jewish extremists retaliated by kidnapping and burning to death a Palestinian teenager in east Jerusalem, sparking violent riots.

Also this: The unrest continued throughout the summer after Israel attacked Gaza in response to heavy Hamas rocket fire.

CBC just says Palestinian militants did the kidnapping - no need to suggest why they did it. But the barbaric act by Israelis is explained as retaliation. Wasn't the Palestinian action done in retaliation as well? Why does CBC explain one but not the other? The implication is that Palestinians are just EVIL, SUBHUMANS, and they just do things that evil, subhumans do. There is no need to offer any reasons.

And again, Israel attacked Gaza "in response to heavy Hamas rocket fire", but no need to explain what Hamas was responding to.

2) I complained to CBC that they too often leave out ESSENTIAL context in their reporting, which leads to certain misunderstandings on the part of readers:

disrupting service of the city's light rail train — a service meant to unify the city.

Legally Jerusalem is supposed to be divided. The light rail system is designed to unify the city in a way which is detrimental to the Palestinian position, and to facilitate Israeli control over all of Jerusalem. The way CBC presents it here it sounds like it is some benign, humanitarian project designed to make everyone's life easier, which is a skewed view of this project.

3) I complained about CBC's use of fuzzy wording to cover up reality, and they do it again here:

The arrival of Jewish nationalists into the heart of an Arab neighbourhood, coupled with clashes at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, have further fuelled the tensions.

CBC uses the word "arrival" of Jewish nationalists. "Arrival" sounds so benign. I am looking forward to the arrival of my friend in Vancouver. But is it "arrival" when you move in, with guns and military protection, into houses and buildings in the heart of Palestinian neighbourhoods, from which the Palestinian residents have been cruelly evicted, and with the openly stated purpose of "Judaizing" all of Jerusalem? Would I welcome the arrival of my friend in Vancouver if his stated intention was to kick me out of my house? Would I call this an "arrival" or an "attack" or a crime?

4) I complained to CBC that they quote Israelis too much, and here CBC not only does not quote Palestinians but allows Israelis to speak on behalf of Palestinians:

Palestinians say they suffer discrimination when it comes to housing and municipal services, and they consider Israeli actions in east Jerusalem as provocations.

Barkat rejected such suggestions, saying there is no excuse for the violence.

He said he frequently works quietly with Arab leaders to maintain calm, and that many Arab neighbourhoods have thrived with new roads and schools during his term by working with municipal authorities. But he said investment can only take place if the city is quiet.

"The majority of Arab residents in Jerusalem, they don't want the city divided, they understand exactly what they gain by the united city of Jerusalem," he said. "There's no way it will ever function, God forbid, as a divided city."

Again CBC has not provided important context. It is a fact that Arab East Jerusalem is served very poorly by the Israeli authorities. In every indicator they are disadvantaged, but here CBC just presents it as a claim by Palestinians. And the average Arab citizen of Jerusalem does not want a city "united" on Israel's terms as this mayor claims.

5) I complained to CBC that they give disproportionate attention to Israeli deaths, and almost ignore Palestinian deaths. Here is a headline story, ranked with the top news stories of the day, about the death of an Israeli child. This is, of course, a tragedy, and a reprehensible act by the perpetrator. But why does CBC not make similar headline, highly-ranked, stories when Israelis kill Palestinian children?

In the last few weeks several Palestinian children were killed by Israeli settlers. Here are some news reports that CBC chose to ignore:

a) less than a week ago a similar situation to the Jerusalem attack occurred. In a different hit and run an Israeli driver fled a crash that killed five-year old Einas Khalil from a village outside of Ramallah. 

b) October 18 RAMALLAH (Ma'an) — Thousands of people in the central West Bank village of Beit Laqiya on Friday attended the funeral of 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badir, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers a day earlier. 

The killing of the 5-year old in Ramallah was almost identical to the killing in Jerusalem. A crazed individual with political motives, intentionally drove into a child and killed him/her. The only difference is in the ethnic origin of the child that was killed.

In the reply to me, CBC says they are not racist. There is no other explanation for this imbalance. It is not as if today is a slow news day, with the Ottawa events and Ebola, etc. and that is why there was room for this story but not the ones about Palestinian deaths.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Where is the Reason?

On October 8th published the following short article on demonstrations by Palestinians:

The clashes erupted after several dozen masked Palestinians began throwing rocks, fire crackers and other pyrotechnical devices at police when the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the "Noble Sanctuary," opened for prayers on Wednesday morning, said the spokeswoman, Luba Samri.

There was no immediate information on whether anyone was hurt among the Palestinian protesters.

Police chased the demonstrators toward the Al-Aqsa mosque, where they barricaded themselves inside and continued hurling objects in the direction of the police, said Samri. She said that at least one Molotov cocktail was thrown at the police, but that it failed to ignite.

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam, and is a frequent flashpoint for demonstrations.

An Israeli Tourism Ministry decision earlier this week to expand the entrance to the Temple Mount was condemned by Palestinian officials as a unilateral change in the status of the sensitive holy site.

Notice how no specific reason is given for the demonstrations, although it is implied it has something to do with the Tourism Ministry decision. Can you even imagine that CBC would publish an article discussing unruly behaviour by Israelis without putting the reason up front and center???

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


One would think after publishing the insane "interview" with Netanyahu, one would expect CBC would want to balance it with another perspective.

Even if CBC does not agree with everything the Palestinian leader Abbas said at the United Nations last week, it would have provided the alternate perspective to the way off-balance comments of Netanyahu.

Here is just a sampling of what Abbas said:

In this year, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, Israel has chosen to make it a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people.

In this year, in which this Assembly, on behalf of the countries and peoples of the world, conveyed the world's yearning and determination to realize a just peace that achieves freedom and independence for the Palestinian people in their State of Palestine alongside Israel in order to rectify the historic injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people in Al-Nakba of 1948, the occupying power has chosen to defy the entire world by launching its war on Gaza, by which its jets and tanks brutally assassinated lives and devastated the homes, schools and dreams of thousands of Palestinian children, women and men and in reality destroying the remaining hopes for peace.

Here we find ourselves, full of grief, regret and bitterness, raising the same long-standing conclusions and questions after a new war, the third war waged by the racist occupying State in five years against Gaza, this small, densely-populated and precious part of our country.

The difference today is that the scale of this genocidal crime is larger, and that the list of martyrs, especially children, is longer, as well as lists of the wounded and disabled, and that dozens of families have been completely decimated.

This last war against Gaza was a series of absolute war crimes 

We must also assume that no one will wonder anymore why extremism is rising and why the culture of peace is losing ground and why the efforts to achieve it are collapsing.

I affirm in front of you that the Palestinian people hold steadfast to their legitimate right to defend themselves against the Israeli war machine and to their legitimate right to resist this colonial, racist Israeli occupation.

we witnessed the qualitative and quantitative broadening of activities of the international grassroots boycott campaign against Israel's policies of occupation, apartheid and colonial settlement, especially among academia, cultural, student and youth groups.

However, and as usual, the Israeli government did not miss the opportunity to undermine the chance for peace.

Throughout the months of negotiations, settlement construction, land confiscations, home demolitions, killing and arrest campaigns, and forced displacement in the West Bank continued unabated and the unjust blockade on the Gaza Strip was tightened. The occupation's campaign specifically targeted the City of Jerusalem and its inhabitants, attempting to artificially alter the spirit, identity and character of the Holy City, focusing on Al-Aqsa Mosque, threatening grave consequences. At the same time, racist and armed gangs of settlers persisted with their crimes against the Palestinian people, the land, mosques, churches, properties and olive trees.

The future proposed by the Israeli government for the Palestinian people is at best isolated ghettos for Palestinians on fragmented lands, without borders and without sovereignty over its airspace, water and natural resources, which will be under the subjugation of the racist settlers and army of occupation, and at worst will be a most abhorrent form of Apartheid.

the rising and rampant racism in the Israeli political and media discourse and its entrenchment in the school curriculum and in a series of laws and practices of the occupation and its settlers.

We, and all the Arab countries, have constantly cautioned about the disastrous consequences of the continuation of the Israeli occupation and the denial of freedom and independence for the people of Palestine. We have repeatedly draw attention to the fact that allowing Israel to act as a state above the law with impunity and absolving it of any accountability or punishment for its policies, aggression and defiance of the international will and legitimacy has absolutely provided fertile ground and an environment conducive for the growth of extremism, hatred and terrorism in our region.

What is primarily needed is a comprehensive, credible strategy to dry out the sources of terrorism and eradicate its roots in all political, intellectual, economic and social spheres in our region. It requires the creation of solid foundations for a reasonable consensus that makes the fight against all forms of terrorism in any place everywhere a collective task that is undertaken by the alliance of nations, peoples and civilizations. It requires, in this context and as a priority, bringing an end to the Israeli occupation of our country, which constitutes in its practices and perpetuation, an abhorrent form of state terrorism and a breeding ground for incitement, tension and hatred.

CBC should have published these comments as they provided balance to the war-promoting nonsense coming out of Netanyahu. While Netanyahu claims that Israel is somehow an ally with the West in the fight against ISIS, Abbas points out clearly the opposite - that Israel is a huge part of the problem. 

Abbas comments are a lot closer to reality than anything CBC is willing to publish, and we need to ask WHY?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Where is the Rebuttal?

A few days ago CBC presented an "interview" with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, in which he was allowed to spout the most absurd war-promoting, war-justifying propaganda. Some of his remarks were easy to remember and catchy, but totally without substance. For example, Netanyahu said "Hamas is ISIS. ISIS  is Hamas". This has as much truth in it as if someone said "Israel is ISIS. ISIS is Israel". Actually the latter is probably closer to the truth, because probably ISIS would not exist today if it were not for Israel.
Why did CBC give the leader of a state that has just butchered 500 children this opportunity to spout his nonsense?
At least CBC should have balanced this disgusting propaganda with some kind of rebuttal. Where is the rebuttal? Where is the balance?
Mohamud Abbas gave a speech at the United Nations after Netanyahu's "interview". did not report on it. It could have at least provided a bit of balance to Netanyahu's propaganda.
Why didn't CBC report on Abbas's speech? BBC did:
"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received loud applause throughout his speech
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of carrying out a "war of genocide" in Gaza in his speech at the UN General Assembly.
Mr Abbas said Israeli "war crimes" in Gaza should be punished, but stopped short of saying he would take the issue to the International Criminal Court."
How can CBC justify printing the words of a leader being investigated for war crimes (Netanyahu), and not publish the words of his victim? Where is the balance?
I accused CBC of imbalanced reporting to the CBC Ombudsman over 6 weeks ago and still have not had a comment from them, but they are still at it.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CBC recognizes Golan as Israeli

In its September 23rd article reporting on the Israeli downing of a Syrian warplane. CBC consistently and repeatedly referred to "Israeli airspace" when in fact the event occurred entirely over the occupied Syrian land of the Golan Heights. CBC even had the phrase "the Israeli side of the Golan". 
So much for accuracy in reporting when Israel's interests are being served, which is CBC's goal.

Netanyahu Interview

Although most of the TV interview was wimpy and it basically let Netanyahu spew his propaganda unimpeded, Solomon did ask ONE hard question. He mentioned the recent massive land grab in the West Bank, and noted the suggestion that it was likely to undermine Abbas and make peace more difficult.

Netanyahu spewed out a lot of obfuscation in his answer, but at least the question was asked, and for this CBC TV deserves some credit.

However this blog focusses on and it is noteworthy that this site quoted, echoed and repeated every single nonsense claim by Netanyahu without comment, and has never mentioned the issue of the recent land grab.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CBC - Platform for Israeli Propaganda

On September 23rd, CBC proudly hosted an "EXCLUSIVE" interview with Netanyahu, and gave him an uninterrupted, uncritical platform for the most absurd Israeli propaganda.

Why does CBC give Netanyahu a platform to make these claims? :

"Their (Hamas and ISIS) individual differences are minuscule and unimportant. But the fact that they use the same tactics: murdering civilians, hiding behind civilians, using their own people as human shields, executing their own people.… This is the same warped system. We fought them, you fight them now. Let's fight them together."

Israel is daily committing crimes against Palestinians, and CBC wants us to ignore this, and join Israel in a fight against Israel's enemies. Why doesn't CBC ask the question somewhere - What if Israel stopped abusing, and killing Palestinians and stealing their land? Wouldn't that be better than just fighting them? And why in Heaven's name should Canadians want to chose the option of War, against the option of JUSTICE for Palestinians. CBC is publishing Netanyahu's weaponized words, and echoing them, and this is disgraceful.

There is a world of difference between ISIS and Hamas, and Netanyahu's claim that "Hamas is ISIS. ISIS is Hamas" is pure unadulterated bullshit.

THE FACT is that Israel is a HUGE PART of the problem. If Israel did not behave so disgracefully, ISIS would have much more difficulty in recruitment.

Israeli propaganda wants to claim that their fight is our fight and that is pure nonsense. Israel is carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing in Palestine, and Israel is antagonizing one billion Muslims around the world, AND THAT IS NOT CANADA'S WAY.

Before we deal with ISIS, we need to deal with Israel. Israel needs to be stopped from its abuse of Palestinians and ethnic cleansing. This would be a lot more effective in fighting ISIS than dropping bombs, like Israel has recently done in Gaza. Any other approach is war-loving, murderous, and ultimately will be unsuccessful.

IF CBC was not a war-mongering institution, it would be making these points rather than echoing misleading Israeli war mongering propaganda. Where is the balance at least????