Please join us in challenging a highly one-sided segment aired on The National. CBC has repeatedly described Palestinian military operations with loaded language while using whitewashed terminology to describe Israel’s genocide of Palestinians in Gaza.
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Title of Piece: Terence McKenna: “Inside Israel's intelligence failure"
Media Outlet: CBC News: The National
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Please join us in challenging a highly one-sided segment aired on The National. CBC has repeatedly described Palestinian military operations with loaded language while using whitewashed terminology to describe Israel’s genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. This segment is a distillation of this unfair practice.
- Despite being focused on Israeli women soldiers and the military infrastructure that Hamas attacked, the clip introduces the segment by describing the “slaughter of civilians.” This type of language is incredibly unfair because CBC never uses the word “slaughter” to describe Israel’s attacks on Palestinian civilians.
- Footage from the Israeli military interviewing Hamas soldiers shows confessions of war crimes. However, the viewer is not warned that Israel historically uses torture and other illegal means to garner false confessions from Palestinians. These clips should be adequately qualified. The only Palestinians we hear from during the segment are the ones held prisoner by Israel.
- The segment focuses on the Hamas attack on the Israeli Nahal Oz military base. It goes to great lengths to humanize the soldiers there but gives no such treatment to Palestinians living in the open-air prison of Gaza. Instead, the segment uses Islamophobic themes to frame the Hamas attack, emphasizing the use of a Quranic verse by Palestinians as central to the attack. Even though the attacks CBC described were on military infrastructure and soldiers, CBC uses the word “slaughter” again, language that is never used when describing Israel’s attacks on Hamas military infrastructure or soldiers.
- Micky Aharonson is one of the primary interviewees. She is introduced as a former National Security official. However, the host fails to mention that she now works for the hawkish Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, a conservative think tank that advocates for a “united Jerusalem,” which means the total annexation of Jerusalem by Israel. It is irresponsible not to mention the extremist beliefs of a central source.
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