Lack of Palestinian voices and context about the genocide in Gaza

"It is disappointing that this article did not discuss why Ledé was wearing a Keffiyeh patterned cardigan in the broader context of Israel’s bombardment campaign on Gaza, described as a plausible genocide by the International Court of Justice (ICJ.)  The article should have included context about Israel’s violence in Gaza and the ICJ’s concerns about Israel’s acts being genocidal."


February 7, 2024

To:

Ari Blaff, Journalist, The Province

Harold Munro, Editor-in-Chief, The Province

Carey Bermingham, News Editor, Digital, The Province

 

Dear Ari Blaff, Harold Munro, and Carey Bermingham,

I am writing to express concern about the article: “NHL criticized for hiring anti-Israel anthem singer Kiana Ledé for all-star game in Toronto,” published on February 5, 2024, in The Province.

There are two major issues in your article that I would like to point out.

First, you do not provide diverse viewpoints regarding Ledé, or the events you describe.  Instead, you present the view only of representatives of the pro-Israel Centre of Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and three Israelis. You should have added perspectives from Palestinian-Canadians or the singer herself to set the record straight and to make your article more balanced.

I, therefore, suggest adding Palestinian-Canadian voices and a reaction from the singer herself to report on this story in a balanced and accurate way.

Second, your article promotes CIJA’s view that criticism of Israel or Zionism is equivalent to antisemitism.  This view is highly controversial, with many voices – including Jewish voices – asserting that people should have the right to criticize any country.  Your article’s one-sided portrayal comes across as an attempt to demonize Ledé and her legitimate concerns about Israel’s brutal violence against Palestinians. 

It is disappointing that this article did not discuss why Ledé was wearing a Keffiyeh patterned cardigan in the broader context of Israel’s bombardment campaign on Gaza, described as a plausible genocide by the International Court of Justice (ICJ.)  The article should have included context about Israel’s violence in Gaza and the ICJ’s concerns about Israel’s acts being genocidal.

I, therefore, suggest adding information about the situation in Gaza and the ICJ ruling to report on this story in a balanced, fair, and accurate way.

I hope The Province will make these changes and report on actions in solidarity with Palestine in a more accurate, fair, and balanced way.

Sincerely,

Fatima Haidar,

Media Analyst, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East