"Although your article is centered around the opening of the mosque in St. James, it would have been more appropriate to provide more details on Israel’s bombardment campaign since October 7 and exact language to describe the reality in Gaza. It would help your readers better understand the link between the opening of the mosque and the gripping time described by Ramsey Zeid."Read more
"Overall, your article provides very little critical analysis of the antisemitism report you describe in your story. It comes across as a platform for pro-Israel groups who want to undermine the credibility and character of people who support Palestinian liberation and criticize Israel."Read more
On January 23, the Editor of the Winnipeg Free Press informed CJPME that he changed a headline after a complaint. “Escaping the Gaza chaos” told the story of Israeli teenagers who left a town in northeastern Israel, the furthest point from Gaza in Israel. The story misleadingly described Israel as “war-torn” and portrayed Israelis as escaping the same kind of threats as those faced by Palestinians in Gaza, who have faced genocidal attacks for over 100 days.
While none of the article’s problematic language was changed, the headline was altered to “Young Israeli skaters get a reprieve from the horrors back home.” To conflate Palestinian and Israeli suffering is a form of anti-Palestinian racism. The violence experienced by Palestinians is 20 times worse than Israelis by death toll alone at this point. This doesn’t even consider the damage to homes, infrastructure, and much else.
CJPME plans on submitting a complaint to the National NewsMedia Council regarding these issues, but a change to the headline was an important modification nonetheless.
"Several components of this article are offensive. To say that the war that began on Oct. 7 has “reportedly claimed more than 25,000 lives” is incredibly misleading."Read more
Article excludes Palestinian death toll and implies that only Israeli civilians were killed on Oct. 7
"While some of these claims remain contentious allegations, I want to point out the fact that your article is misleading insofar as it makes it sound like the victims of October 7 were only civilians. On October 7, Hamas targeted Israeli military infrastructure and killed numerous Israeli security forces."Read more
"Mr. East also founded the Israeli Canadian Council, which you mention, but it is hardly legitimate. Its inactivity is notable, and its website boasts $0 of total fundraising. When it is active, it merely shares questionable content on social media, like recently highlighting an exchange of comments between Mr. East and a so-called "Hamas loving, Jew hater" who expressed concern about one of his protests."Read more
"Your article does not give voice to students from the Muslim, Palestinian, and Arab communities about how they feel on campus. In contrast, you give voice to Noah Greenfield, a Jewish student and president of Hillel Winnipeg. The university’s newspaper has expressed some of the relevant views here."Read more
"A shift is needed so that people, from the Muslim or Arab community especially, speaking on behalf of these protests are sufficient enough to not be questioned as being antisemitic or pro-terrorism."Read more
"Your article is biased as it only gives information about the Israel-based company, Zim Integrated Shipping Services, from the 1940s. Nothing is written about the company’s recent activities or even from 1948 and onwards. The protest is against the Zim of today, not of the 1940s. History matters, of course, but so does the context of the present situation."Read more
"I understand the need for Mr Kluth to portray Hamas as the devil, but the "current spiral of hate" he mentions is now exhibited by Israel's army rather than Hamas. As Palestinian journalists report they have "never seen such atrocities," with Israel's use of white phosphorus and an unidentified substance that burns "to the bone"  and continuous bombing and shelling of all of Gaza including the South which was supposed to be safe, Gaza is Dante's inferno."Read more