The hopeless media: no context in Palestine

Any text without a context is a pretext, said Jesse Jackson years ago.

The western media for many reasons is either negligent, lazy or afraid to dig deeper on this issue.

The public broadcaster CBC is terrified of the power of the Israel loving Harper government to make even more cuts.
The National Post and the Toronto Sun are de facto Zionist rags.
The Globe does do some good reporting(Namely Patrick Martin) but you hardly ever hear the Palestinian voice.
These are reasons yuoung people largely abandon official print organs for websites which are rooted in on the spot reporting. You can always trust ICAHD ( Jeff Halper’s group.B’Tselem is An Israeli human rights organization, ever so scrupulos and fair (


The radio is hopeless except for the intrepid Amy Goodman’s show Democracy Now. Amy anfd Juan Gonzalez consistently bring forth the voices you never hear elsewhere. In Toronto the show is carried on CIUT 89.5 on the FM dial.


Today’s show was a prime example.
The thuggish Prime Minister Netanyahu never misses a chance to inflame the situation.He accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of inciting violence in the city and said the killings were part of a “battle over Jerusalem.”

In fact Abbas said:We strongly condemn this incident and do not accept under any circumstances attacks on civilians. At the same time we condemn these actions, we also condemn the attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, holy places.

As well the director of Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service, Yoram Cohen, dismissed Netanyahu’s claim that Abbas incited the attack.
No matter, Netanyahu never lets the facts get in the way.
Then Goodman brought on the brilliant Haaretz reporter Amira Hass{Does the CBC not have her phone number?) This is part of her report:
I did speak to some Palestinians in Jerusalem. And what was remarkable is that they do not approve of it. They do not approve of it, of this murder. But they share with those who perpetrated—they share the sense of despair and anger that Palestinians live with all the time, all the time. I felt that people do not dare to condemn, even though some people feel uncomfortable about such a killing, such an operation. By the way, I don’t think that the Popular Front adopted it officially. People say that the two youngsters are members or fans of the Popular Front, not necessarily members or not necessarily that they got an order from the Popular Front, but this is still to be seen.


Yeah, it is very, very tense. And I was making the comparison between the neighborhood where they lived, the two men, two Abu Jamal—very crowded, very—no investment in the livelihood, in the welfare of the people—while this neighborhood is—the Har Nof neighborhood is a relatively new neighborhood on the land of the village, of the destroyed Palestinian village, Deir Yassin—very spacious, many newcomers, many new immigrants from mostly Anglo-Saxon countries. If they worked there indeed, if the two guys worked there indeed, I think that they faced every morning—they were facing—every day they were facing the Israeli apartheid, very clearly.


And they don’t have—there is no leadership in Jerusalem to—or, at all, any leadership to offer them a struggle with hope, a struggle that yields fruits which give hope for a change. Everything, somebody told me also from the Popular Front today—somebody told me, “We’ve tried everything. We’ve tried negotiations. We’ve tried demonstrations. We’ve tried nice relations with Jews. We’ve tried so many things. And nothing—nothing—brings a change and stops this reality of apartheid.”



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    mushafta Says:

    Harper’s speed to pass anti-bullying laws for individuals far surpasses any recognition on his part that his biggest media supporters- the Sun, Post and the Globe are major deniers of the truth in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

    What I find attricious is his continuous sipport of Israel- never a single harsh word!

    This is how far right this government has got. They are resolute in their stance of defending Israel and condemning Palestine.

    Solution? Out with Harper! The sooner the better!

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    wmgrace Says:

    With respect to the CDC (Canadian Diversions Corporation), what else is new? Some still call it the CBC, others tell the truth. Peter Mainsbridge et al have gone from providing an almost 24/7 diversion from the real world (euphemistically referred to as a focus on the analysis of newsworthy events), to actually being a diversion, thanks to Jian Ghomeshi.

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