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CBC simply encouraged its listeners over Twitter to “meet” this terrorist spokesperson of Hamas:
antisemitic cartoon portraying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as stamping Gazan children as terrorists to be burned in Holocaust-like ovens called Gaza.
Ottawa Protocal on combating antisemitism. With that said, we acknowledge that CBC has the right to interview this Hamas spokesperson. An interview which was of considerable length, clocking in at almost eight and a half minutes.
In analyzing the CBC’s interview, we recognize that anchor Tremonti twice acknowledged that the Canadian government refers to Hamas as a terrorist organization. Regrettably though, Ms. Tremonti did not describe any specific Hamas attacks or that Hamas’ covenant calls for Israel’s destruction. CBC did acknowledge that Canada cut off aid to the Palestinians once Hamas came to power in Gaza, but failed to mention that Canada continues to give $300-million to the PA in West Bank over a five-year term. As well, CBC failed to point out the rampant repression of women in Gaza under Hamas’ rein and how Hamas’ morality police enforce strict Sharia law dictating how women should act and dress in public, including restrictions of public swimming unless fully covered.
“Think of Hamas and you conjure up images of suicide bombings, rockets being launched on Israel and perhaps a strict religious code especially as it applies to women. These are images – all based on historic fact – that make it difficult for the movement to be taken seriously as an interlocutor by Western powers. It doesn’t matter that Hamas has not carried out suicide bombings since 2005, the images of those attacks linger and no Western electorate is clamouring for its government to change its approach to the organization.”
“You could say that Hamas has not always been in touch with its feminine side. In the six years since the militant organization took over the Gaza Strip, it introduced a number of measures against “un-Islamic behaviour.” Women were required to wear head scarves; they were prohibited from smoking water pipes in public, and female mannequins in shop windows had to be modestly dressed. A modesty patrol even walked the beach in summer, insisting that female bathers be fully covered and not consort with men.
All of it played to the stereotype of an extremist organization.”
“Aziz Dweik, a Hamas member of parliament from the West Bank city of Hebron, was a popular choice among all Palestinian parties in 2006 for the position of speaker of the legislature. Dr. Dweik, who got his PhD in geography from the University of Pennsylvania, always made it clear Hamas was willing to live in a Palestinian state alongside Israel; regardless of what Hamas’s covenant said about striving “to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.”We also recognize that Ms. Tremonti did correct the Hamas spokesperson when pointing out that Israel is not “occupying” Gaza because of the 2005 disengagement and that Israel and Egypt control the points in and out of Gaza. Regrettably though, no mention was made of the unprecedented Israeli efforts to facilitate aid to Gaza that are delivered to a warring nation. Nor was there any countering of the Hamas spokesperson’s claiming that a “humanitarian crisis” exists in Gaza. As a matter of fact, the Red Cross, United Nations, and even Hamas itself acknowledges there’s no