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SLOBODIAN: Beware the MSM lies on Israeli-Palestine conflict

Misinformed Canadians are bombarded by news delivered with omissions, rewritten history, biases, and outright lies.




Israel’s on fire. Yet some in Canada’s media pour gas on the flames by reporting vitriolic mistruths about a raging conflict.

The ramifications spill into Canadian streets.  

Misinformed Canadians are bombarded by news delivered with omissions, rewritten history, biases, and outright lies.

This hurts the Israeli and Palestinian people.

For some, only Israel’s to blame.

Careless reports demonize the Israelis – that includes children and elderly – rushing to bomb shelters since May 10 when the terrorist group Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) teamed up to start firing rockets into Israeli civilian areas from their Gaza stronghold.

On average, 400-500 rockets per day have rained down on Israel, 90% intercepted by her Iron Dome air defense system. Still, 12 Israelis have been killed and 330 injured.

Hamas fires a rocket at Israel. Courtesy YouTube

Hundreds of rockets launched by Hamas misfires landed in Gaza. That they kill and maim their own in a conflict they provoked, is a detail missing from many reports by media, who claim to care deeply about the Palestinian people. Hypocrites! 

About 130 Hamas, 30 PIJ members and 200 civilians have been killed  with 1,300 injured.

Hamas is a Palestinian terrorist group. It was declared so by Canada, the European Union and the U.S. 

News reports identify them as militants, not terrorists.

Hamas says Israel has no right to exist. 

Huge money goes into supplying the Hamas weapons cache. For years, tens of billions of dollars in international aid has poured into Palestinian coffers. Little trickles down to the people. 

But biased media blame the plight of impoverished Palestinians on Israel.

Media are too cowardly to admonish Hamas for putting Palestinians – including children and elderly – at risk. Hamas strikes surrounded by civilians to protect themselves from retaliation, knowing the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) tries to avoid attacking civilians. 

The media knows this but prefers to chastise Israel for having the audacity protect itself.

Meanwhile, in Canada, dishonest reporting stirs up raucous protests from coast to coast. From the level of outrage, one might think rockets were being fired into Canadian neighbourhoods instead of 9,000 km away. This is Canada. Protests that erupt into violence don’t belong here. 

And certainly, perfidious details spewed by media put a target on the backs of Canadian Jews.

It emboldens anti-Semitics who know the public’s manipulated into sympathizing with them and angry with those terrible Jews. Fanatics hunger to get triggered. Any trivial reason will suffice.

Attacks against Jews aren’t uncommon. A recent Statistics Canada report revealed of 608 hate crimes reported in 2019, 296 were anti-Semitic attacks.

Media outlets know Jews are the most targeted hate-crime group yet carry on spinning facts to glorify antagonists and condemn victims.

A few recent examples: 

CBC The National: Sasa Petricic, a former Middle East reporter, claimed Palestinian rocket fire came “in return” to Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. False! The IDF retaliated after Hamas and PIJ terrorist rockets barraged Israel.

CBC As It Happens: Anchor Carol Off was displeased Israel bombed apartment complexes in Gaza. Off didn’t mention a known fact – Hamas and PIJ operated out of these facilities. Or that the IDF dropped leaflets, sent text messages, made phone calls, and roof-knocked to warn civilians to leave the area.

Off turned to clashes at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. She intimated Palestinians just trying to worship at the Al Aqsa mosque defended themselves from Israeli police firing rubber bullets. 

Said Off: “But if you’re being shot at, it is not a natural response to resist and throw rocks back?” Pathetic! Rioters attacked police first with a stockpile of rocks, boulders and Molotov cocktails they happened to have on hand while praying. 

Toronto Star: Rhythm Sachdeva and Zena Salem reported on a pro-Palestinian protest in Toronto and wrote about the “fighting between Israelis and Palestinians.” False! The fight is between the IDF and terrorists, not Palestinian civilians.

The article stated: “The violence, set off by Hamas firing a rocket into Israel on Monday, came weeks after mounting tension.” Egregious lie! In the first 24 hours Hamas fired 480 rockets. 

Toronto Star: In an Op-Ed Shenaz Kermalli expressed dismay that anyone would say Israel has a right to defend itself. She said Israel carried out 9/11-like terrorist attacks. No one in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon or on United Airlines Flight 93 fired rockets at Islamic terrorists flying airplanes. Israel responded to terrorists firing rockets on their civilians. 

These aren’t the only factually challenged reports on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict by Canadian media – some of whom are subsidized by your tax dollars.

HonestReporting Canada, an independent organization promoting fairness and accuracy in Canadian media coverage of Israel and the Middle East, has exposed thousands of false or biased news reports.

Stay tuned.

Slobodian is a Western Standard columnist based in Manitoba


Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. William lloyd

    May 20, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    You have my support completely ,I believe that there really is no reporting anymore its just scripts prepared or influenced by the higher ups. Just propaganda. I hope we can find ways of reaching canadians with the truth about whats going on at home and abroad. It will have to be secure, or it will be removed. They can not have the masses ,learning the truth or at least other opinions.

  2. Mars Hill

    May 19, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Good story and it’s helpful but you do realize you’re ‘preaching to the choir’, most of us could have wrote this 20 years ago. The sole purpose of bill c10 is to stop articles and outlets like this as the cabal can see the sheeple waking up. Better button up your bonnet, things are going to get real weird for a time but all will end well (:

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OPEN LETTER: Health care workers against mandatory vaccinations

The letter was signed by 3,544 health care workers including 73 physicians, 1,111 nurses, 227 paramedics and thousands of allied health professionals, pharmacists, dentists, lab workers, psychologists and counselling professionals, medical students, AHS administrative and support staff and other health care professionals.




An open letter penned by Alberta Health Services (AHS) workers was sent to AHS on Monday by Calgary constitutional lawyer Carol Crosson.

The letter was signed by 3,544 health care workers including 73 physicians, 1,111 nurses, 227 paramedics and thousands of allied health professionals, pharmacists, dentists, lab workers, psychologists and counselling professionals, medical students, AHS administrative and support staff and other health care professionals.

Dear Dr. Verna Yiu:

This open letter is in response to your announcement of mandatory full vaccination for all AHS staff by Oct 31, 2021. We represent a wide range of vaccinated and unvaccinated health care professionals from multiple disciplines, who are deeply concerned about these mandatory vaccinations.

There are many reasons why we stand against mandatory vaccination and highlight some of them below. These concerns are supported by peer-reviewed publications and statements by established organizations:

• These mRNA vaccines have not been proven to prevent disease uptake nor disease transmission supported by the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report August 6, 2021 / 70(31);1059-1062 (among other reports) where it is stated “Real-time RT-PCR Ct values in specimens from 127 fully vaccinated patients (median = 22.77) were similar to those among 84 patients who were unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or whose vaccination status was unknown (median = 21.54)”. Asymptomatic unvaccinated people have never been proven to be more infectious or transmit more disease than vaccinated individuals.

• The overall survival rate from COVID is approximately 99.7% and varies by age and underlying health status.

• The vaccine is showing weakened efficacy after only a few months. AHS’s own data shows currently approximately 25% of all new cases are in fully vaccinated patients and over 18% of hospitalizations are also fully vaccinated with percentages increasing as weeks go by.

• The United Kingdom and Israel – two highly vaccinated countries have extremely high percentages of hospitalized patients being fully vaccinated. Indeed, the Israeli Public Health Department recently estimated the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine had fallen to 39% against the Delta variant and another recent study from the Mayo clinic had similar numbers at 42%

• Historically, scientific consensus has been that natural immunity is superior to vaccine immunity. Many health care workers are already Covid recovered and immune. What evidence does AHS have for mandatory vaccines in those individuals?

As front-line health care workers, we have witnessed serious adverse events, including deaths, that were temporally, closely associated from the administration of these vaccines.

• As per VAERS data (US vaccine injury database), Aug. 27, 2021, at least 650,077 people in the US have been injured and 13,911 people have died soon after the administration of the Covid vaccine. These numbers could actually be 10-100x higher as a Harvard study showed only 1-10% of all adverse events are actually recorded. The Harvard study’s findings are corroborated by our experience that the vast majority of temporally related adverse events are not being correlated and reported by healthcare workers. If we don’t correlate these temporally related events and report them, the data will never be there to accurately assess causality and truly ensure safety, which is the bedrock to obtaining proper informed consent.

We believe that the proposed vaccine mandate is contrary to section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms “freedom of conscience and religion” as well as section 7, “the right to life, liberty and the security of the person and the right to not be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.”

Based on our experience, the above arguments (plus others not listed in this letter) and our evaluation of the current literature, we decisively conclude that we are in strong opposition to mandatory vaccination. As of Nov 1, 2021, or earlier, AHS’s decision to implement such a mandate will prevent many dedicated health care workers and other AHS staff from performing the jobs they have done valiantly over the past eighteen months. This will put our currently severely strained health care system under further undue and needless pressure and put more Albertans at risk due to our inability to provide care for our patients. We respectfully request that the vaccine mandate be rescinded immediately so that AHS Health care workers can continue to provide care for Albertans.

cc. Dr. Laura McDougall, Senior Medical Officer of Health, AHS
Dr. Francis Belanger, Vice-President of Quality and CMO, AHS
Dr. Debrah Wirtzfield, Associate CMO, Physician Health, Diversity & Wellness, AHS
Patrick Dumelie, Covenant Health
Dr. Owen Heisler, Covenant Health

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AHS investigating Western Standard for restrictions, vaxport non-compliance

The AHS employee responded, “Some of these [regulations] are good, and some of these are, you know…”




Update from the Publisher

This isn’t a regular news story since its about ourselves; so rather than drink our own bathwater and send this to one of our reporters, I’ve decided to publish this as an update from the publisher.

At 10:25 a.m. MST, the Western Standard received a telephone call from Alberta Health Services (AHS) on our office line. The AHS official — whom I will not name — dialed through to speak with yours truly.

He informed me that AHS had received a complaint that the Western Standard was not complying with government-ordered restrictions and vaccine passports. I responded plainly: “That is correct.”

He was silent for a moment, not quite knowing how to respond to my admission of guilt. He inquired further, asking the same question another way.

Please forgive me the indulgence of quoting myself.

“I take the health of my employees and those around us seriously. I and my employees take COVID seriously. I would be happy to review any recommendations that you may have for us, but I do not recognize the right of the government to tell me how I must run my own office space. Any government official wishing to enter the property must produce a warrant, otherwise they will not be permitted entry.

“Western Standard employees are free men and free women, and as such, I trust them to make responsible decisions about their own risk tolerances. Any Western Standard employee that feels that they would be unsafe in the office has only to inform me and we will make reasonable accommodations.”

The AHS employee was a perfect gentleman and handled himself well. He was just a little taken aback at my answer.

We also discussed the Alberta vaccine passport orders, and the Calgary mayor and city council’s decision to ban non-vaxport compliant “non-essential businesses.”

My response again was simple.

“Media is an essential service and I do not recognize the right of the government to decided if we are essential or not.”

The AHS employee responded: “Some of these [regulations] are good, and some of these are, you know…”

Fair enough.

So AHS is investigating to see if we are deserving of a visit from them and the police or not. We’ll see what comes of it.

One way or another, our policy will not change:

  • Employees are free to make their own choices about their personal enforcement of restrictions;
  • Employees may work from home if they feel that they are at unreasonable risk;
  • Employees must work from home if they are sick or anyone they are in close contact with contracts COVID-19;
  • And, employees are encouraged, but free to make their own informed choices about vaccines.

I suspect that the complaint came from a crank on Twitter that’s upset with my not-so-secret policies as it concerns compliance with government orders.

We take COVID-19 seriously. This isn’t some made-up conspiracy of a mysterious cabal in a dark and smokey room. I personally trust my doctor’s advise on COVID-19 vaccination, and got my jab as soon as I possibly could. I have always encouraged an open dialogue about vaccines with those in my social and professional circles, encouraging it, but never, ever demanding or requiring it.

Alberta’s ICUs are facing incredible pressure right now and necessary “elective surgeries” are being postponed. This is driven by the fact that Alberta’s government has not built up the necessary ICU capacity — despite having one of the most expensive health care systems on the planet — and 19 months since COVID-19 landed to do it. Lockdowns and vaxports will not solve this problem.

COVID-19 will continue to mutate and evade efforts to eradicate it. Alas, it may be with us for a long, long time. Even locked-down island nations like Australia cannot eradicate it, despite turning that once-free country into a veritable police state.

Despite my hopes the vaccines would eliminate it, COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon. There appears to be no way around the fact that COVID-19 is going to tear its way through the population until it burns itself out. The cost is, and will be, terrible. But there appears to be no way to stop it, even with a never-ending cycle of lockdowns, and the positive effects of vaccines.

All we can do is build our health care capacity to deal with predictable surges, as the fourth wave was, protect those who are genuinely vulnerable, and make the best of a bad situation.

And as we struggle through this, we cannot lose what is most important in life. We cannot surrender our long-fought freedoms for short-term security. We cannot take away the best years of our children’s lives. We cannot forbid loved ones from mourning their dead at funerals. We cannot outlaw family and friends from gathering for weddings. We cannot forcibly segregate people from these events because of their private medical decisions, even if we disagree with them.

Which brings me back to AHS’s investigation of the Western Standard. I care more about our employees than any government official will. We will be responsible and take necessary precautions, but as we see fit as free men and free women capable of making our own decisions.

Any government official who thinks otherwise had better get a warrant.

Derek Fildebrandt is Publisher of the Western Standard

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