I'm pro-Israel in the same way that I'm pro-Singapore, pro-Brexit and pro-renegotiating Alberta's deal in Confederation.
As in: I'm pro-democracy, pro-capitalism and pro-self-determination for citizens.
The same anti-Israel bias that taints the coverage of the state of Israel also colors how the mainstream media covers Jewish issues here at home. One only needs to look at the contrast between how the media treats hate crimes and general bigotry against the Jewish community versus how the same evils are handled when directed at Muslims and their places of worship.
Making that bias worse is the lack of people fighting it. There is a pro-Israel, Jewish focused news deficit out here west of the Toronto center of the universe.
No one really sounded the alarm bells when the anti-Semitic leader of the women's march, Linda Sarsour, spoke in Vancouver earlier this spring. The problem — outside of the media treating her like just another feminist activist — was that those of us who would have railed against her didn’t even know she was coming. There was almost no coverage.
But my guest tonight is looking to change all that. He's got a petition and has been waging a pressure campaign on Winnipeg's mayor to denounce a social justice speaking engagement of Sarsour in that city later this month. And it worked. Mayor Brian Bowman now has some harsh words for the controversial speaker with his office issuing a statement sayin:g
“Mayor Bowman does not feel it is appropriate to provide this individual a public platform to further propagate anti-Semitic views and hate” and “She (Sarsour) has continually attacked the foundation of the state of Israel's right to exist."
Marty Gold is a Veteran Winnipeg-based broadcaster and journalist and he wants to change the media landscape as the editor of a new Jewish community focused project called TheJ.ca.
If our interview is any indication, his new publication will shirk political correctness and ruffle a few feathers in pursuit of the truth.