Almost as worrying as the massacre of innocent Jews on October 7th is the blatant anti-Semitism that has reared its ugly head every day since.
Everywhere you look there are people working in Canadian institutions who are anti-Israel. It should come as no surprise that the most recent example came from the ranks of one of Canada’s largest news networks, CTV.
But while the past two and a half weeks have seen intense hatred against the Jewish state from a Toronto police officer, a municipal housing officer, an Air Canada pilot, an MPP and a union leader, it was still a surprise.
The topic is the same. Israel has no right to exist, let alone defend itself against the greatest attack of all time on its people.
Now, if the person listed on the CTV News Altantic website had been quoted as saying, “Muslims can continue to exist, Islamic ideology cannot,” what do you think the end result would be?
But Yara Jamal, listed on the CTV website as a writer and production assistant who is “originally from Palestine,” did not direct her vitriol at Muslims. SaltWire Network quoted her as saying, “Jews can continue to exist, Zionist ideology cannot,” while Jamal attended a pro-Palestinian protest at the Citadel in Halifax on Sunday.
According to SaltWire Network, Jamal explained that by “Zionist ideology” she meant a clarification that “the state, no, cannot exist.”
A CTV News spokesperson said the station is investigating what happened.
“A key policy at CTV News is to ensure that our reporting is always balanced, factual, accurate and fair, while strictly adhering to the RTDNA Canada and Canadian Association of Broadcasters Code of Ethics,” the spokesperson said. “We are therefore currently reviewing this matter.”
When an 11-year-old Muslim girl claimed in 2018 that a man had sneaked up on her and cut off her hijab with a pair of “scissors,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was as quick to pounce and condemn the Gaza hospital bombing sharp. In the end, the girl had made the whole thing up.
Just as the Gaza hospital explosion was the result of a Hamas backfire, the support of lies can also be considered a backfire.
However, the rules of the politically correct game do not apply in both directions.
Ask Don Cherry about it. He was fired because in his complaint he told “you people” that some of those who came here “like our milk and our honey” and the least they could do was plant a poppy in honor of the fallen to buy troops to ensure a large, free country. Grapes was unfairly and summarily fired after 40 years of incredible service and patriotism and showed no empathy or respect.
For example, if it were up to Jamal, who was also part of history as a protester, she would allow Jewish people to live, but not in an Israeli state.
This is much worse than anything Grapes said.
Jamal doesn’t elaborate on what would happen to the Israeli Jews, but it is clear that under their rules they would not have a Jewish state.
I tried to reach her throughout Tuesday for comments, context and clarification. She didn’t respond on time.
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Like Mayor Olivia Chow’s delay in defending Cafe Landwer, which has Jewish roots, from intimidation, or Trudeau’s snail-like reaction in finally admitting that it was Hamas that caused the explosion near the Gaza hospital has done, the damage is done.
But there are also many who do it right. This is shown by the large number of people who supported Café Landwer.
Those in the anti-Israel camp are hideously prepared to overlook October 7th Hamas atrocities and aggressively promote a narrative of moral equivalence by highlighting past grievances and ignoring the graves of the 1,400 innocent Jews who were cruelly massacred and the more than 200 hostages still being held.
At the same time, some are pushing for a ceasefire that would prevent Israel from defending itself by driving Hamas terrorists out of Gaza once and for all.
There is certainly nothing wrong with demanding that Israel prevent civilians from being killed in its military operations, but there is very much wrong with siding with the Hamas murderers, whose barbarism is the highest number in a single day Jews killed since the Holocaust.
But when the anti-Zionist message continues to emerge from our pilots, professors, civil servants, law enforcement, and now those who deliver the news, it’s actually no surprise.
Who will be the next to be exposed as anti-Israel?