On August 9, CTV National News Anchor Lisa Laflamme falsely and unfairly stated the following: "After 24 hours of violence a ceasefire is now in effect along the Israel-Gaza border. Israeli aircraft bombed more than 150 targets in Gaza, flattening a major cultural centre and leaving three people dead. This came after Palestinians fired scores of rockets into Israel, including a long-range missile injuring at least seven people."
In truth, Israel targeted and levelled a Hamas headquarters in the Gaza Strip. As the Times of Israel reports: "The five-story Said al-Mishal Cultural Center in Shati had been the headquarters for Hamas' internal security forces. Palestinian media reported that nearly the entire structure was destroyed as Israeli aircraft fired multiple missiles."
The Israeli news outlet YnetNews notes that: "The five-story building, which is officially defined as a cultural center, was used by Hamas's interior security unit, which is responsible for all security operations carried out inside Gaza and is considered to be an executive branch of Hamas's political leadership. The building served as the office of active unit members. A significant part of the unit's members are also Hamas military operatives."
While Hamas may refer to it as being a "cultural centre", the Israelis claim the building was used by terrorists to plan and execute terror attacks against Israelis.
At the very least, CTV News has an obligation to its viewers to mention that Israel regards the building as being Hamas' headquarters whose forces use it for military and terrorist purposes.