"While the constant noise of drones and jets looming has had to be painfully accepted and normalized by Gazan civilians, those sounds have proven to be shocking, almost unbelievable, to visitors. To read about those small details that are particularly dehumanizing is helpful to understand the flagrant atrocity that is Israel’s occupation of Gaza."Read more
On February 23 and February 27, 2024, CJPME sent letters to CBC and the Hill Times to ask for a word change that undermined the magnitude and scope of a call from Canada’s Muslim community for stronger action regarding Israel’s genocide in Gaza.
CBC wrote, “Several local congregations are warning members of Parliament they won't be welcome in their mosques …”
Hill Times wrote, "Several prominent mosques calling on MPs to back an immediate ceasefire in the region…”
CJPME pointed out that the word “several” undermines how widespread the call is as it came from 300 Muslim institutions and mosques.
CJPME asked to change the word “several” to the exact number (300) or to a word that better reflects how widespread and momentous the call was.
On February 26, 2024, following our letter, CBC changed the word “several” to “numerous.”
On February 27, 2024, following our letter, the Hill Times changed the word “several” to “300 Muslim institutions and mosques.”
This small change is a step towards pushing media outlets to be more accurate when reporting on the Muslim support for stronger actions from Canada regarding Israel’s genocide in Gaza.
"The Houthis have launched these attacks in staunch opposition to Israel’s military operations in Gaza, which have killed close to 30,000 people in four months, according to Al Jazeera. Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti, a senior Houthi official, has repeatedly stated that their military operations against ships in the Red Sea will 'stop immediately and without conditions' when the 'aggression against Gaza stops and the siege is lifted'."Read more
"I counted six specific examples of supposed harassment, three of which were pro-Palestinian protestors. Why is there a disproportionate number of examples involving these types of protests? Further, some of the examples of actions perpetrated by “pro-Palestine protestors” are perfectly reasonable, peaceful forms of protest that you frame as violent or dangerous."Read more
"It is inaccurate and undermining to write “several local congregations.” This makes it seem like the call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the demand for the restoration of funding for the UN’s aid agency, and the condemnation of Israel’s war crimes came from a small number of people and was unpopular, which is not the case."Read more
On February 23, 2024, CJPME sent a letter to the Hamilton Spectator, pushing the newspaper to remove a picture unrelated to a pro-Palestine rally organized by Oakville-Halton 4 Palestine (OH4P) referenced in an opinion piece. CJPME also asked for the Spectator to include an apology as an editor’s note.
CJPME pointed out that the op-ed was paired with a xenophobic and fanaticism-intended Getty Image of a November pro-Palestine rally in Glasgow, Scotland, by Jeff J. Mitchell and that bore no relation to the pro-Palestine rally organized by OH4P.
On February 23, 2024, following our letter, Hamilton Spectator removed the photo and added the following editor’s note: NOTE: A Getty Images file photo of a protest rally in Glasgow, Scotland, has been removed from this story.
This small change is a step towards preventing further bias from media outlets against pro-Palestine protesters.
"With Israel’s ongoing genocide of Palestinians in Gaza and the media’s unfair, biased reporting, reminders to humanize Palestinians and other marginalized perspectives are more critical than ever before."Read more
"Your article was particularly refreshing because every statement by the IDF was followed or preceded by a Palestinian testimony, which demonstrates proper media skepticism of the official Israeli government line. In many cases, Canadian media fail to question Israeli government/military allegations and explanations, even when there is available solid evidence refuting them."Read more
"Specifically, you write that the "war has led to tens of thousands of Palestinians dying." This passive voice, "dying," makes it appear that the deaths were spontaneous, and it conceals from the reader the fact that these people were killed by Israeli military actions."Read more
Thanks for giving voice to a Palestinian-Canadian to cover the reality and toll of the Canadian temporary visa program
Thank you for highlighting how difficult it is for Palestinians to apply as refugees by providing information about Qudaih’s path to Saskatoon and a discussion about the Canadian temporary visa program’s limit.Read more