The Globe and Mail is once again showing its true colors. In a piece by the Editorial Board, mixed in with legitimate concerns around antisemitism are outrageous claims that demean Palestinian solidarity activists by decontextualizing history.
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Title of Piece: Editorial Board: "When protests become acts of intimidation"
Media Outlet: Globe and Mail
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Comments of the CJPME Media Researcher:
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The Globe and Mail is once again showing its true colors. In a piece by the Editorial Board, mixed in with legitimate concerns around antisemitism are outrageous claims that demean Palestinian solidarity activists by decontextualizing history. Please help us by expressing your thoughts to the Globe and Mail. Some points we note are:
- The opinion article broadly accuses pro-Palestine protests of being intimidation. It seeks to discredit the peaceful protests, treating them as if they were violent when they are not. The authors use the protests on Avenue Road in Toronto as evidence of intimidation, alleging it is threatening because it is in a Jewish neighborhood. This location was one of numerous places of protest around Toronto. It was part of a larger action. To single it out and use it as evidence of antisemitism is misleading.
- While hate speech should be denounced, this opinion article falsely accuses pro-Palestine protesters of threatening people. It mentions a video circulating on X about a woman being antisemitic without providing evidence or context. Arguments that challenge fundamental rights, like free speech, deserve more evidence than unlinked videos on X.
- This opinion article makes a dubious link between the pro-Palestine protests, antisemitism, and hate crimes without providing any evidence. It suggests that peaceful protests at Indigo "encourage others to go further." This is plainly unfair. It also misrepresents a controversy surrounding a play at Belfry Theatre in Victoria. The theatre is "reflecting" on what to do and is delaying the play, as there are legitimate concerns around the play's themes. The situation is not evidence of antisemitism.
- To further its one-sidedness, the opinion article disregards the rise of anti-Palestinian racism and Islamophobia while only mentioning the rise of antisemitism and antisemitic hate crimes.
We encourage you to send a response to this opinion article since it was published amidst the broader issue of the right to protest and silencing any opposing voices.
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