Re: “Of course the keffiyeh is political. But it still shouldn’t be banned from Ontario’s legislature”

"Palestine is even more necessary is not only outrageous, but it reinforces the lack of consideration of the 75-year-old grievances that Palestinians and allies have been voicing even before October 7 by wearing the keffiyeh in the Ontario legislature." Continue reading

 

Re:“Young voices on campuses rally for peace and justice in Palestine”

"The suffocating, racist fog created by Western reporting of international conflicts is difficult to escape. Physical remoteness, paired with the imperious noise generated by major media outlets, repeatedly sheds doubt on our intuition that a grave injustice is being enabled and committed. Encampments that have spread like wildfire all over the world, however, have increased everyone’s proximity to the war machine’s wrath." Continue reading

 

Article fails to mention that JDL is on FBI terror list

"The omission of information about the Jewish Defense League in this article not only represents a failure to provide readers with the most basic context about what is happening at these encampments, but it is a dangerous omission that very well may embolden members and attract new ones who are not aware of the violent and terroristic history of this group." Continue reading

 

Article fails to accurately portray the struggles faced by Palestinians in completing their visa application form

"Considering the majority of houses in Gaza have been destroyed or damaged, gathering previous passport information becomes nearly impossible. This disparity in requirements exacerbates the challenges faced by Palestinian applicants, highlighting the urgent need for reform in the immigration process." Continue reading

 

Article fails to raise skepticism about B'nai Brith's 2023 report on antisemitic incidents in Canada

"It is not fair to human rights activists and other voices in support of Palestinian rights to have B’nai Brith’s unfounded allegations against them uncritically repeated in the Canadian media. The fight against antisemitism in Canada must not be at the expense of Palestinian human rights." Continue reading

 

Serious concern about bias in recent article on CSIS warnings

"For whom is the English term “most commonly associated with attacks by Palestinian terrorist groups on public venues?” Certainly, that is one perspective, but how is the Canadian Press determining that is the most common one among the world’s English-speaking population? This is an absurd, unfair, and indefensible position — there is no evidence for such a supposition. Indeed, the term “intifada” encompasses a wide range of sentiments." Continue reading

 

Toronto Star death toll language biased and data confirms it

"Such language violates basic journalistic standards but also stands in direct opposition to the recommendations made by leading journalistic organizations specializing in coverage of the Middle East." Continue reading

 

Article fails to provide the motivations behind the Mcgill encampments

"It’s impossible to comprehend what’s happening in Palestine/Israel without understanding that Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza live under a more than 54-year-old Israeli military occupation, Palestinians in Gaza live under a nearly 15-year long siege, and that all Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories live under an apartheid system that is designed to subjugate and dispossess them. This critical context should be included in all coverage." Continue reading

 

Article unfairly frames pro-palestinian protest at Mcgill university

"There is a chasm between the phrases “Israel’s offensive” and “ongoing genocide.” I believe that many demonstrators would disagree that your description of their demands is even accurate, as opposing a military offensive is different than opposing plausible accusations of genocide." Continue reading

 

Lack of context on the situation in Palestine prior to October 7

To: Andrea Baillie, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Press Tim Cook, Assistant Managing Editor, Canadian Press Dan Taylor, Managing Editor, CTV News Dear Andrea Baillie, Tim Cook, and Dan Taylor, I am writing to express concern about the Canadian Press article, “Police order B.C. woman who praised Hamas not to protest for 5 months, says her group,” published on May 2 in CTV News Vancouver. I take foremost issue with the framing of your article. There is a lack of background information on the situation in Palestine before October 7. History did not start on October 7, yet the only piece of context you provide is that “the attack killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, setting off Israel’s offensive in Gaza that the Health Ministry there says has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians.” It is not fair to start your time frame with October 7 as the protester’s comments are only comprehensible within a larger context. For readers to understand that context, it is essential to mention Israel’s longstanding occupation of Palestinian land. The Institute for Middle East Understanding recommends the following: Always include the context of Israeli military occupation and apartheid, and when covering Gaza, the siege and blockade. It’s impossible to comprehend what’s happening in Palestine/Israel without understanding that Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza live under a more than 54-year-old Israeli military occupation, Palestinians in Gaza live under a nearly 15-year long siege, and that all Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories live under an apartheid system that is designed to subjugate and dispossess them. This critical context should be included in all coverage. On one hand, under international law, Israel is recognized as an occupying power over the Occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. It has obligations as an occupying power, such as protecting civilians, which negates its supposed right to self-defence. Gaza has been under air, sea, and land blockage since 2007. During the past year, Israel’s military had consistently nightly raided Palestinian villages. Before October 7, 80% of Gazans relied on international aid, two-thirds lived below the poverty line and 45 % were unemployed. Before October 7, Israel attacked Gaza in four cases: in 2008-2009, in 2012, in 2014, and 2021. Members of the international community, including the UN, and human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International, recognize Israel as an apartheid state. On the other, Palestinians have a right to resist an occupying power through armed struggle under international law (Protocol 1 of the Geneva Conventions and General Assembly resolution A/RES/38/17 (22/11/1983)). Please include context about Gaza before October 7 since it is misleading for your readers to think that October 7 happened in a vacuum and that Israel has no responsibility even before October 7, but especially since then. I hope CTV News Vancouver and Canadian Press will add essential piece of context before October 7 and keep it in mind and mention it in future reporting about Gaza. Sincerely, Fatima Haidar, Media Analyst, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East