Amazingly, in the CBC’s reporting on the impact of the Six Day War as we mark its 50th anniversary, nowhere did reports by Mideast correspondent Derek Stoffel mention that the war was waged by pan-Arab armies seeking the destruction of Israel.
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As history confirms, Arab leaders using bellicose rhetoric and actions declared their intent to wipe Israel from the map. Egyptian forces amassed on the border, Egypt closed the Straights of Tiran blocking off oil access for Israel (a casus belli), and UN peacekeepers in the Sinai fled at Cairo’s insistence. Jordan joined the war by shelling Jerusalem (despite Israel’s pleading that it not do so), and so did Syria.
And yet, these CBC reports by Mr. Stoffel failed to mention the cause of the war. After all, war didn’t just break out.
To focus only on the aftermath of the Six Day War and to completely ignore what started it, was most unbalanced and unfair. As such, we requested that the matter be corrected for the record in complaints filed with CBC editors and we await the CBC’s reply.