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CBC News Attacking FM Baird on Appointing Jewish Envoy to Israel

The digging on the part of CBC Anchor Evan Solomon – obviously one of us – into the fact that Canada is sending a Jew to represent her in a Middle East that so hates Jews – that made me cringe.

The digging on the part of CBC Anchor Evan Solomon – obviously one of us – into the fact that Canada is sending a Jew to represent her in a Middle East that so hates Jews – that made me cringe.

This is hard to watch. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has appointed as ambassador to Israel a Toronto lawyer named Vivian Bercovici, who has praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and taken a hard line against Hamas and the Palestinian leadership.

The Vancouver Sun reported that Baird defended his decision to recruit outside the foreign service, and pick Bercovici, who has written columns about the Middle East “that indicate her strong support of Israel.”

“It won’t be a huge shock to anyone that Canada is a strong supporter of the state of Israel,” Baird said, noting that past Liberal and Conservative governments have appointed non-diplomatic envoys to Israel.

Baird refused to be drawn into making a substantive comment about the most recent Israeli decision to build homes in the settlements.

“Our views are well known to our Israeli interlocutors. We think unilateral action on either side is unhelpful,” Baird said, adding, in response to the host’s pressure: “It means just that I’m not going to join in an international pile-on.”

Did you know Bercovici was Jewish? I was sure she was Italian – as the FM tells CBC Anchor Evan Solomon, who hosts the nightly series Power & Politics on CBC News Network and CBC Radio One, in the tape enclosed.

But the digging on the part of Solomon – obviously one of us – into the fact that Canada is sending a Jew to represent her in a Middle East that so hates Jews, that made me cringe.

So, cringe away, here’s the video, followed by a statement by HonestReporting Canada, sent us by their Executive Director Mike Fegelman.



Statement on Inappropriate Line of Questioning by CBC Anchor Evan Solomon

It is entirely inappropriate and deeply offensive for CBC anchor Evan Solomon to have raised the issue of religion when questioning Canada’s appointment of Vivian Bercovici as Canada’s new Ambassador to Israel.

In an interview with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird on the January 9 edition of Power and Politics, Solomon stated: “Vivian Bercovici is Jewish, so there are going to be some questions. Why not appoint someone who doesn’t even have the perception of any kind of bias?“

A person’s religious or ethnic background has no bearing on one’s qualifications for a job, on top of it being illegal for an employer to ask such irrelevant and discriminatory questions of a potential employee.

Challenging Ms. Bercovici’s credentials, her experience, and the various positions she has taken publically on the Mideast file is fair game, but to imply that her religious background in some way makes her a poor choice as a candidate due to a supposed “perception of bias” certainly crossed the line.

With even some of the most rabid anti-Zionists such as Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Ilan Pape etc. all being Jewish, Solomon’s reasoning falls flat. To parse, it seems Mr. Solomon finds it most appropriate for non-Jews to be Canada’s ambassador to Israel, meaning that Jews should be barred from such a position. In light of the deeply offensive nature of this line of questioning, Mr. Solomon should apologize on-air for his inappropriate question which has only served to malign Ms. Bercovici’s character and Canada’s choice of her as a candidate.

Mike Fegelman

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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14 Responses to “CBC News Attacking FM Baird on Appointing Jewish Envoy to Israel”

  1. Gary Nash says:

    CBC twisted bigots and hate mongers can go to H___!

  2. Adam Lazarus says:

    we’re our own worst enemies :-/

  3. John says:

    As a Jewish person, I am sick of other Jews, masquerading as ‘objective,’ who are nothing more than self-hating, Third Reich style Jew haters, NOT one iota different from their gentile counterparts.

  4. CBC is financed by Taxpayers.CBC has always been pro-Palistinian and Anti-Israelli to cater to Arab Petro-Dollars and defy All common sense.CBC is always bashing our great Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his stand on the Only democracy in the Middle East. thank you.

  5. Miriam says:

    If one characterizes and identifies being Jewish , according to Nazi docterin John Kerry and Madeline Allbright are Jewish too, not to mention Kissinger, Dennis Ross and more. Wake up mr. Solomon!

  6. By this logic, the Canadian ambassador to Rome should be Muslim and the envoy to Bangkok should be Greek Orthodox. CBC, heal thyself.

  7. Jane Smith says:

    May God continue to bless the Stephen Harper Conservatives, who care about the Israelis. There are too many liberals out there who would love to see Israel destroyed. CBC can rot in Hell.

  8. This pro-Palestinian stance is consistent with the growing anti-Semitism which we are witnessing. A good book on the subject "The Big Lie" by Michael Cohen on lulu.com and Amazon.

  9. Obamas always Appoints His Supporters to Investigate his Unlawful Acts.

  10. It's silly of this article to suggest that the fact that a person is Jewish would have no impact on their views about Israel. Of course it does. Sometimes it leads to support of Israel. Sometimes, when the person feels the need to demonstrate to the world that he or she is fairminded, it leads them to be hostile to Israel.
    But so what? Canada wanted an ambassador to Israel that supports Israel — not someone who would fairly choose between Israel and the barbarians who want to murder Israeli civilians. I don't think that's so bad.
    Plus, has anyone, at the CBC, or the Jewish Press, checked out the religious credentials of other ambassadors to other sovereign states? Anybody check recently as to whether any countries have sent Catholics as ambassadors to the Vatican?

  11. Scott McLeod says:

    Evan is a well known. left wing, gob of pus

  12. I urge everyone to send a congratulatory letter to Baird and Harper and send CBC a message about ethics, journalist, employment law

  13. What? Just because someone is Jewish should not be appointed ambassador to Israel – even though she is absolutely qualified? Who is this scum bag "anchor reporter"? His repeated questioning of Baird is so anti-semitic and biased that he should be suspended without pay or fired for his gross violation of his journalistic ethics! BTW, kudos to Baird for handling this idiot and constantly reminding him of the official lawful positions of the Canadian Government.

  14. i am proud to be a Canadian at this time in history!

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