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.
"Bushnell’s statements echo his message incredibly clearly: “I will no longer be complicit in genocide. I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest, but compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it’s not extreme at all.” He yells, “Free Palestine,” until he falls to the ground, overcome by the flames."Read more
"This confirms the fears some had about Canada’s complicity in Israel’s genocide against the Palestinians and its double standard in the way it gives greater value to white lives over BIPOC lives."Read more
"I was disappointed to realize that you covered this story by choosing to publish an article from a wire news service instead of asking your staff members to write an article about it."Read more
This article is a blatant example of the type of biased reporting about protests that we strongly oppose. Before Palestinian advocates are allowed to provide their motivations for a protest or blockade, media outlets mention how CIJA and other pro-Israel lobby groups feel about these protests.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.
"Contrasted with the photo of an indoor interfaith meeting from Rabbi Wise himself, the photo seems intended to project xenophobia and fanaticism. This is highly inappropriate and deliberately misleading on the part of the Spec."Read more
"While you specify that Hamas launched an attack on Israel on Oct. 7, you simply state that there was a subsequent “Israel-Gaza War.” What about Israel’s brutal, largely one-sided attack on Palestinians in Gaza?"Read more