For much of the Canadian media, the death of an old dog is more news than the suffering and death of imprisoned Palestinians.
This is, in particular, the shameful and inescapable accusation of journalists that populate the Canadian national network, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
If the CBC and you are in doubt, remember these facts.
On April 27, Human Rights Watch (HRW), the precarious beloved of the Western press, published a 213-page report that found late that Israel has persecuted the Palestinians ruthlessly and systematically since its technical beginnings.
The main reason behind the relentless and relentless Israeli persecution of the Palestinians is not to keep the Israelis safe. Rather, Israel’s sinister goal is to impose ethnic supremacy on occupied Palestine and crush Palestinians into ghettos with inhuman and annoying efficiency.
The familiar scenes, for now, of fanatical Israeli thugs, in uniforms and exits, assaulting Palestinians resisting the eviction of their homes in occupied Jerusalem are living proof of Israel’s evil intent. So are, of course, images of the loose, disfigured bodies of babies and children, all victims, once again, of the brutal Israeli bombing of Gaza.
Israel, HRW concluded, has been, for generations, guilty of apartheid as a matter of international law, not as an easy rhetorical accusation.
The HRW report made a lot of news and provoked a lot of comments on this page and in other major media outlets around the world. But not in Canada. And, most blatantly, not on any of the many CBC-funded digital and broadcasting platforms.
Not a word was uttered about the HRW report of any CBC reporter on April 27, nor was any time devoted to it, although the network had received an early copy.
Now, on May 8, the Obama family’s beautiful Portuguese water dog, Bo, has died after succumbing to cancer. Bo was described as a “White House celebrity” in the attached headline of a long story about his death published by CBC online.
Therefore, in the scandalous calculation of CBC journalists, the passage of a “famous” dog was “news” that required the urgent attention of Canadians, but the documented crimes against humanity that Israel demanded of the besieged Palestinians – decade after decade ruthless – did not justify even mention on the network on April 27 and save it buried, passing of reference, in later days.
CBC also did not invite a Palestinian-Canadian to any of its news or current affairs programs to discuss the careful conclusions and recommendations of the HRW report that demanded their attention, as they would have provided an instructive framework for Canadian viewers. they understood Israel’s manifest record of aggression. .
Beyond being an unfortunate and indelible stain on its already faded reputation, CBC’s embargo on the entire institution of the HRW report is in flagrant violation of the sole, allegedly sacrosanct, mandate of the public broadcaster to offer to Canadians programs that “inform, illuminate and … reflect[s] Canada and its regions to the national and regional public ”.
Why has the HRW report not been covered?
To try to answer this question, I addressed 17 hosts of CBC’s most popular current affairs programs with various email inquiries to explain their individual and collective failure to “inform, enlighten.” and enabling Canadians, including dozens of able and willing Palestinians. -Canadians, to “reflect” publicly on the HRW report starting April 27th.
None of these dumb journalists suddenly turned into radio and television personalities who ask themselves to make a living did not respond. Not one. Instead, I was referred to a CBC public relations officer.
His sad hypocrisy is clearly and dishonorably shown.
These CBC journalists, who habitually extol the virtues of the fourth state and the broadcaster for which they work as an indispensable means of holding accountable people and powerful public and private institutions, retire as timid politicians in silence when a member of the fraternity, which is a nasty begging.
Like celebrities, these star journalists differentiate themselves from their public relations “people” by talking and protecting them from thorny questions.
In a series of emails, CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson acknowledged that CBC “did not pursue any history related to the Human Rights Watch report as of April 27.”
Later, when pressured, he stated that “there was no edict (nor would there ever be any story) of anyone within CBC News not to cover this report. Every day, through the service, our program teams they make independent editorial decisions about what they will cover in their respective shows ”.
Translation: Yes, it is true, all these CBC journalists who worked on all this news and current affairs programs decided not to cover the HRW report on exactly the same day and made all these editorial decisions on their own. But this was by no means an act of collusion. It was just a miracle.
This is as absurd as it is embarrassing and cannot stand several irrefutable reasons that myopic CBC journalists and their excused Confederates must finally understand.
CBC is also owned by Palestinian Canadians. They can no longer be treated not only as invisible but as the “other” of Canada’s public waves.
As such, when a leading human rights group finds that Palestinians have been humiliated, expelled, imprisoned, tortured, murdered and their ancestors stolen as a result of Israeli apartheid, their voices must be heard clearly and repeatedly on CBC.
In addition, CBC can no longer be allowed to practice a double transparent standard when it comes to covering international human rights “aggressors”.
Examine some of the incriminating evidence.
On January 14, 2020, CBC released a online history on an HRW report relating to China’s human rights outrage.
This is the main paragraph of the story: “In an annual report, Human Rights Watch published a scathing review of the Chinese government, calling on the international community to back down against” the most brutal and widespread oppression China has seen in decades. “.
Three years earlier, CBC produced one 22-minute documentary this put Russia in the journalistic spotlight and explained to its audience in a headline: How Canada set out to punish Russia’s human rights aggressors.
When HRW establishes that Israel is guilty of illegal and wholesale persecution of Palestinians and of practicing apartheid in occupied Palestine, the CBC treats this crime as taboo and has been unable to make calls to Canada and abroad. for Israel to be punished for their crimes.
By banning Canadian Palestinian writers, academics, and historians from a forum to inform, illuminate, and reflect on HRW’s scathing report, CBC has deliberately prevented Canadians from inspecting the historical context to make sense of the recent eruption of sanctioned violence. the state throughout occupied Palestine.
Israel’s illegal and pending evictions of Palestinians from their homes in occupied Jerusalem, their unilateral repression of the Palestinians’ right of assembly, their bloody and sacrilegious attacks on the Palestinian faithful in one of the most sacred places in the world. ‘Islam, its indiscriminate and disproportionate killings of children, women and men. in Gaza are not the last “spasms” of the Israeli-Palestinian “conflict.”
These are, as HRW points out, acts of an occupation army that aims to assault, assault and bombard Palestinians from their land and existence.
This first “progressive” apostle of human rights and rule-based order, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also prefers to say and do nothing about Israel’s crimes. Lately, he has been busy giving frictionless interviews to gifted journalists and self-proclaimed online luminaries who play a nice T-ball game with the ever-effervescent prime minister.
Predictably, Trudeau never faces the challenge of dodging his unequivocal and sound support for Israel with, as HRW succinctly and accurately puts it, “reality on the ground”.
When forced to address “reality on the ground,” the Canadian telegenic poster of hypocrisy clings and explodes in the face of the perpetual humiliation, violence and terror that Israel visited the Palestinians in occupied Palestine – yesterday, today and tomorrow . Just a few days ago, when the Israeli army was ready, once again, to strike the Palestinians at deference and submission, Trudeau declared as a liquidation puppet that “Canada supports Israel’s right to guarantee its own security “.
Trudeau’s “policy” toward occupied Palestine – as it stands – is equivalent to this: Palestinians are supposed to take it, take it, take it, take it, take it, take it, take it as long as Israel wants it. humiliate them, traumatize them, expel them, steal them, imprison them, torture them, mutilate them, shoot them, bomb them, invade them and kill them.
Canadian diplomats, who, stripped of all polite embroidery, make Trudeau’s callous retrograde offers in the Middle East, have been “reviewing” the HRW report for two weeks.
A Canadian Foreign Ministry official, Global Affairs Canada, “respectfully refused” my requests to be interviewed about the brutality of Israeli apartheid and the grim, familiar customs of the Palestinian uprising. busy resisting it.
Like the uncharacteristic gallery of CBC journalists, apparently, the diplomats of this nation have other more pressing issues in mind.
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