On March 21, 2023, CNN International’s Isa Soares brought on one deranged racist, the United Nations’s Francesca Albanese, to accuse Israelis of being deranged racists. Among her past statements, Albanese has: claimed that the “Jewish lobby” has “subjugated” the United States; denied that it was antisemitic to claim the “Jewish lobby” controls social media; claimed Jews use the antisemitism label to “silence” voices; and repeatedly minimized the Holocaust.
Lest one ponder whether Soares believed “it takes one to know one” when it comes to racists, her viewers were left in the dark about Albanese’s widely known and condemned history of antisemitism. Predictably, Albanese used the opportunity to accuse Israelis of committing “apartheid” and of incitement to genocide, allegations which were left unchallenged by Soares. By treating her as a respectable commentator, Soares leaves her audience without the relevant information to determine the credibility of Albanese’s incendiary claims.
The absurdity of platforming Albanese without giving viewers context can be illustrated by the lies and hypocrisy of her own remarks.
For example, Albanese told Soares that Israel’s highly controversial minister Bezalel Smotrich is “known for [his] jubilant response to the recent violence unleashed against the occupied Palestinian population.” Albanese unsurprisingly left out that that “recent violence” consists of counterterror operations launched in response to a series of particularly deadly terror attacks on Israeli civilians that began in early 2022. Importantly, most Palestinians killed in these operations have been combatants, whereas most Israelis killed in the wave of attacks have been civilians.
But notably, Albanese herself is known for justifying violence against the innocent, at least when it’s against Jews. In August 2022, as the internationally-designated terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilian centers, Albanese claimed they had a “right to resist,” and then expressed “disappointment” that the terrorist organization did not have more modern military equipment. After a Palestinian terrorist tried to stab an Israeli in June 2022, Albanese tweeted, “Evil is in the eye of the beholder.”
Perhaps the most telling example: after Foundation for Defense of Democracies expert Joe Truzman pointed out the high number of armed Palestinian children in Jenin, Albanese – purportedly a “human rights” expert – responded in a now-deleted tweet by stating only: “Yes there is a serious problem and not only in Jenin. It is called colonial occupation.” The use of children for terrorism is evidently of little concern to her.
While Albanese decried recent remarks by Smotrich as “denial of the Palestinians as a people,” not only has she herself expressed support for the idea that Israel’s entire existence is an injustice and all of Israel is “occupied,” but she is evidently unconcerned that the Palestine Liberation Organization denies the existence of Jews as a nation in its founding charter. Indeed, her own repeated description of Israel as a “colonizer” requires a denial of Jewish history and indigeneity.
One could go on detailing Albanese’s disqualifying history and hypocrisy; she is neither subtle nor shy with her extreme anti-Israel bias and antisemitism. This makes it all the more egregious that CNN International’s Isa Soares would platform her without challenge.