Sunday, June 26, 2016

CBC's Definition of "Mistakenly"

Here is what happened when the Palestinian boy was butchered while sitting in his family car. There is no definition of the word "mistakenly" that applied here:

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, Israeli soldiers rained live fire down on a moving car from dozens of meters away, without having any idea who was in it. Their commander thought stone-throwers were fleeing in the car, so he opened fire at it and may have ordered his soldiers to do the same, in utter defiance of the army's rules of engagement. The soldiers' lives weren't in danger, and their hail of bullets killed a 15-year-old boy, Mahmoud Badran, and wounded four other people in the car, all of whom had been returning from a late-night swim and had no connection to the stone throwers. 

How could CBC stoop so low to use the Israel words in the headline? Showering a car full of people with bullets is not a "mistake" by any definition. It is mass murder.

The salient point here is that Israelis kill Palestinians routinely and with impunity. Yesterday, not reported by CBC, a young Palestinian mother lost control of her car and hit a parked car near Hebron. Her car was showered with Israeli bullets, and she died at the wheel. This is what life is like under Israeli Occupation - for Palestinians it can mean instant death any time for the slightest reason.

If a cars had been showered with bullets like this anywhere else in the world beside Israel would CBC had just called it a "mistake"?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CBC Still At It

Look at the headline in today' news:

Palestinian teen mistakenly shot dead in West Bank, Israeli military says

14-year-old among 'un-involved bystanders' hit by gunfire near highway

See how prominently the word "mistakenly" is there. Also usually 14-year olds are described as "children", not "teens".

The reality is that Israeli forces were using live ammunition against stones, and in a case like this there are no "mistakes". Murder was the intent, and murder was the result.

Also look at this line:

Israel says it carries out housing demolitions to deter future attacks. The Palestinians consider it a form of collective punishment.

The act of destroying the homes of innocent people IS "collective punishment". It IS a crime under international law. What Israel claims is irrelevant, and it IS NOT just a "claim" by Palestinians. Writing lines like this, especially where the false and unacceptable Israeli claim is given first, and the more salient fact of international law is omitted, is disgraceful, biassed journalism.

And the following paragraph is always repeated in every article about violence in Israel/Palestine:

Over the past nine months, Palestinians have carried out dozens of attacks, including stabbings, shootings and car ramming assaults, which have killed 32 Israelis and two Americans. About 200 Palestinians have been killed during that time. Israel has identified most of them as attackers while the rest died in clashes with Israeli troops.

This biassed paragraph, repeated over and over from week to week like true propaganda, ignores the fact of routine killings by Israelis and tries to give the impression that it is the Israelis who are the victims. Also it ignores the fact that so many of the Israeli killings of so-called "attackers" are heavily-armed soldiers killing stone-throwing children.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

CBC - White Extremists are not terrorists

Jo Cox, a British MP was viciously killed for a political motive - white supremacy, but CBC never calls the killer a "terrorist".

When the killers are Muslims, no matter what the circumstances, CBC rushes to call them terrorists - even in the case of the Orlando mass murderer who was clearly just a mentally-deranged loner. The loonies that killed in Ottawa a few years ago were also called terrorists.

How is it possible not to call the killer of Jo Cox a 'terrorist"? This is just further evidence of CBC's bias, which serves Israel rather than Canadians.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

CBC Truly Weaponizing Words

Although it does not relate to Israel/Palestine I could not ignore this blatant exercise by CBC in promoting war by weaponizing its words.

This was the top headline for World News on today:

Canada considers European troop commitment as CSIS warns Russia is 'mobilizing for war'

Putin 'is modernizing conventional military capability on a large scale'

The whole article was pure unadulterated American military propaganda. Talking over and over again about how threatening Russia is, but not once mentioning that it is NATO that is provoking Russia into a more aggressive stance. It is NATO that is conducting war games and military exercises along Russia's borders. If Russia was doing the same along the US-Mexico border, how long would it be tolerated?

One observer has said "NATO only exists to manage the risks created by its existence."

NATO is the problem, not Russia. CBC is disgusting to echo, and even scream out, US propaganda in its headlines like this, followed by a totally lop-sided, misleading and war-promoting article.

Like the US military, CBC  will get us all killed. Maybe we cannot do anything about the US Government, but we should not tolerate CBC's weaponizing words.

This is what CBC calls "analysis"

This appeared as a headline item today:


Has the activist left decided anti-Semitism doesn't exist?: Neil Macdonald

History, detail and nuance often ignored in modern political discourse

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: Jun 14, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 6:28 AM ET

The main point of the article is that anti-Semitism still exists, which is valid. But then it jumps off a cliff suggesting there is something wrong with social activists who are giving this issue short shrift.

And this is where the analysis ceases to be analysis and is just disguised Zionist propaganda. The facts that Macdonald does not mention are:
- that in North America Jews are are a highly-privileged community, and thus the few isolated and relatively insignificant incidents of anti-Semitism are not as serious as other forms of discrimination; Islamophobia being one of them
- that Jews in North America are actually quite a powerful community and it would be foolish to worry too much about their victimhood, when in fact they are so often the victimizers - not only in Israel but here as well. How else does one explain the willingness of the Federal Government and Ontario Premier to insult and condemn their own citizens in order to support a foreign country, Israel, at the behest of Zionists?

Macdonald does touch on the false representation of support to BDS as anti-Semitism, which is good, but his remarks and so-called analysis are far too weak. He does not mention the facts:
- the majority of so-called anti-Semitism is actually nothing of the sort - it is what the Zionists call the "new anti-Semitism" which is the slanderous, malicious term they use to defame legitimate criticism of the policies of the State of Israel - it has absolutely nothing to do with real anti-Semitism
- Macdonald does not touch on the fact that the biggest cause of real anti-Semitism is the actions of Israel and the rabid supporters of Israel in North America who use thuggish tactics against their fellow citizens in support of Israel (and that CBC is an active player in this)
- that supporters of BDS who are branded by Zionists as racists are exactly the opposite - they are people who respect the rights of people who are not of the same race as them and act to support them . The real racists are the Zionists who insist that Jews should have more rights than non-Jews, and ignore the suffering of the Palestinians as if they are non-human.

The effect of the CBC so-called "analysis" is to try to reinforce the Zionist propaganda that anti-Semitism is a serious issue that needs more consideration by social activists. The reality is that the word "anti-Semitism" has been so sullied by misuse that decent people react negatively whenever it appears, because they never know if it is the real form or the malicious slur of the Zionists. Just look at the title of the recently defeated Ontario bill which was titled as against anti-Semitism when the fact was that it had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with anti-Semitism and was entirely targeting BDS. When the term is so sullied like this, at the highest levels, it is no wonder that decent social activists give it a wide berth.

Nowhere in this so-called analysis does Macdonald mention this as a possibility; when this is indeed the salient fact.

Friday, June 10, 2016

CBC on Iran

Iran does not threaten anyone. Iran has never threatened Israel. The worst its leaders have ever said is that they will retaliate if Israel attacks them. 

The reality is that Israel has been waging a one-sided war against Iran for years now with assassinations and sanctions and threats. And iran has not retaliated.

But Canada cannot seem to shake off the disgusting legacy of the Harper Government, even though the Liberals are taking baby steps in that direction.

The CBC article had this:

He (Dion) cited Iran's human rights record, its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah, as well as its threats against Israel as areas where Canada still has "huge problems" with Iran.

It is a lie that Iran threatens Israel. Dion must say it because he fears the Israel lobby. It is so sad. CBC repeats it because CBC is part of the Israeli lobby.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Israel is the Victim, Always

Palestinians are killed routinely by Israelis but it is not reported by CBC. CBC might claim that because it is routine, it is not "news".

But when Israelis are killed it is headline news.

This gives the false impression that Israelis are the prime victims of violence in the area, when the exact opposite is the truth. 

It is hard not to believe that creating this false impression by CBC is not intentional.

Today's headline is presented as an Israeli response to Palestinian violence

Israel boosts troops in West Bank after Tel Aviv attack

But the reality is that it is a brutal increase to an already brutal occupation, and an exercise in collective punishment. And the reality is that probably the Israeli Government was looking for an excuse, as they usually do, to make the lives of Palestinians more miserable, because ultimately that is the foundation of their entire policy - to try to get as many to give up their land and leave.

CBC always describes Israeli actions "as a response" to their victimization, which is absolutely misleading. The Israelis are in absolute control of the situation and they do the awful things they do whenever they like. If there is a fig leaf like this Tel Aviv attack to cover their wilful brutality, they will use it, but the show goes on and Israel is in absolute control. 

CBC always trumpets the fig leaves, but ignores the reality.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Quoting US official

In the article about the attack in Tel Aviv, CBC quotes a US official:

U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner condemned the "horrific terrorist attack" in a statement, saying "cowardly attacks against innocent civilians can never be justified."

Would be nice to ask the US officials if the routine, cowardly murder of virtually helpless Palestinians by Israel is justified.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Creative writing

In today's article about violence at a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan there is this statement:

Baqaa camp is the largest camp in Jordan, where a large percentage of the country's over seven million population are descendents of Palestinian refugees who fled in the aftermath of the creation of Israel in 1948.

The truth is that the Palestinians did not flee as much as they were driven out and ethnic cleansed; and it was not in the "aftermath" but was in the actual events leading up to the creation of Israel.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Relevant Quote - Never on CBC

Ramzy Baroud, a Palestinian intellectual, recently published an article outlining all the war crimes of the recently resigned Israel Defence Minister Ya'alon, which included this:

When the likes of Ya'alon, a man with a blood-stained record becomes the face of morality in Israel, one can understand why the future of that country brings little hope 

CBC - this is a relevant perspective, CBC endlessly quotes Israelis but never offers the counter perspective,

Ya'alon was the author of the policy that advises Israel soldiers to KILL any Palestinian that attacks Israelis, even if it is just a child with a knife or throwing a stone. 

CBC News Priorities????

This is the second headine on today:

Has a hawk become a dove? Israel's new defence minister draws scrutiny

In all the world this virtually meaningless article on Israel ranks as important for CBC. Indeed the article is less than meaningless because it tries to suggest that Israel's new Defence Minister is not the racist, fascist that he really is, So what if he says he supports a two-state solution. This means absolutely nothing, because his idea of a Palestinian state is a bunch of Bantustans, essentially large prison camps like Gaza.

Why does CBC present so much Israel news, and yet it never tells anything about the reality of Israel? Why so much irrelevant, even misleading news, and nothing relevant like the fact that the majority of Israelis are racist, and fascist like their new Defence Minister?