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Sandy and Nora talk politics

Weaponizing the politics of identity to support Israel

Ep. 281

In this episide, Sandy and Nora talk about how the politics of identity have been weaponized to silence people out of criticizing Israel. Plus, a former CBC producer speaks out about bias at the public broadcaster, Canada is questioning a doctor from Gaza about which members of Hamas he treated while working as a doctor and how are care and violence sometimes entwined?

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