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Anti-Israel Billboards Surface in Denver and Detroit

Pay much atten­tion to the bill­boards you see on the high­way? Well, some anti-Israel groups in the United States are bet­ting you do and pay­ing to adver­tise their mes­sage on promi­nent billboards.

Last week, three anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tions  – If Amer­i­can Knew, Deir Yassin Remem­bered and Jew­ish Wit­nesses for Peace and Friends – responded to a pro-Israel bill­board in Detroit by secur­ing bill­board space of their own with the mes­sage, “$8 million/ Day to Israel? Our money is needed in Amer­ica!” Another bill­board that recently appeared in Den­ver read, “Tell Con­gress: Spend Our Money at Home Not on the Israeli Mil­i­tary.” The Den­ver bill­board was paid for by the Coali­tion to Stop $30 Bil­lion, a New Mexico-based group that first dis­played a sim­i­lar mes­sage on a bill­board in Albu­querque in 2009.

In addi­tion to these new bill­boards, anti-Israel signs and adver­tise­ments have reg­u­larly appeared  on buses and sub­ways in large met­ro­pol­i­tan areas since 2010, includ­ing New York City, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., San Fran­cisco and Chicago. The ads, which call for an “End [to] U.S. mil­i­tary aid to Israel,” were orga­nized by a coali­tion of national anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tions oper­at­ing under the umbrella of a cam­paign called “Be On Our Side.”

It seems likely that the activists pay­ing for and plac­ing these ads are newly opti­mistic that their mes­sage will res­onate in light of the frag­ile state of the U.S. econ­omy and the national debt. The Coali­tion to Stop $30 Bil­lion, for exam­ple, explains: “All this money is flow­ing away while Amer­ica is suf­fer­ing the worst finan­cial col­lapse since the Great Depression.”
  • Anony­mous

    Amen! Move to a crappy neigh­bor­hood, steal their land, deal with the con­se­quences by your­self, Israel!

  • Anony­mous

    I LOVE these bill­boards. If Amer­i­cans knew is accu­rate report­ing of the con­flict in the mid­dle east. Watch Occu­pa­tion 101. A great doc­u­men­tary that illus­trates Israel’s eth­nic cleans­ing of Pales­tine.
    Sanc­tion Boy­cott and Divest from Israel.

  • Anony­mous

    Boy! You peo­ple have your facts incor­rect!! Do some research before fol­low­ing pro­pa­ganda and post­ing gib­ber­ish!!! Have you all for­got­ten 911 ?!! Israel ‘cleans up’ the world’s mess, we should eter­nally be grate­ful to it and sup­port it in any way we can, or another 911 is bound to repeat itself!! No one is men­tion­ing any­thing about all the US aid going to other Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries, where they kill their own peo­ple!!! WAKE UP WORLD!!

  • Anony­mous

    All right!! I LOVE these bill­boards! By the way,Iran has over 24,000 Jews liv­ing there; the largest pop­u­la­tion in the Mid­dle East out­side of Israel. Funny that Israel can’t wait to bomb Iran– talk about killing their own peo­ple!

  • Anony­mous

    I appre­ci­ate these boards. At first I thought it was part of the Ron Paul cam­paign. The mes­sage res­onates with many ex vets, sick of our for­eign poli­cies, an con­tin­u­ally seek­ing hate and war against Arabs and mus­lims, which is being pushed by Israel. That coun­try of Israel, based in racism and war, is going to destroy this coun­try if we don’t wake up!

  • Unknown

    Amen, too, this is the truth that the zion­ist lobby does not want us to hear. As a jew­ish per­son, I totally repu­di­ate the racist ADL and their efforts to silence all protest and main­tain an ille­gal occupation

  • Anony­mous

    we do need to know these things. and, we need to end US mil­i­tary aid every­where. Limit our aid to human­i­tar­ian and med­ical aid where peo­ple are starv­ing and dying for want of food, water, san­i­ta­tion sys­tems, etc. — and in fact, such aid should be being sent to many US com­mu­ni­ties that are impov­er­ished and in need.…send aid that will heal wounds and win friends, notkill and maim and inten­sify hatred. i hope mil­lions see these bul­letin boards and look into this for themselves.

  • Anony­mous

    I guess some peo­ple see the light and learn the truth, and like the writ­ers on this blog, some don’t!! I won­der what it takes for all of you to wake up and real­ize who our ene­mies and friends are!!
    “Come now, and let us rea­son together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scar­let, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crim­son, they shall be as wool.Isaiah 1:18″ AND “Psalm 125:2 As the moun­tains sur­round Jerusalem, so the LORD sur­rounds his peo­ple both now and forever­more.”
    You can spew your hatred for Israel, but in the end, it is always between us and G-d, not between us and them!

  • Anony­mous

    See the following: ” ‚
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    Who shall we sup­port then?? You tell me.….Yes, we need to sup­port our own, in the USA, but we also need to help Israel, or we’ll have a big­ger prob­lem on our hands!

  • Anony­mous
  • Anony­mous

    What eth­nic cleans­ing? Arabs– both mus­lim and christian–serve in the Israeli par­li­ment (the Knes­set), they vote and have civil rights. Is it per­fect? Of course not, should the Israelis evac­u­ate the WB? Yes! but only when the have a sta­ble, viable peace agree­ment. You want to see eth­nic cleans­ing? See the treat­ment of chris­tians in mus­lim lands–denied rights, mur­dered in riots, churches burned. Look at the fate of other minori­ties and women in muslim/arab lands, even the areas under the PA: honor killings, per­se­cu­tions, etc. You sim­ply can­not ignore that in most arab lands, ONLY mus­lim men have any­thing close to civil and eco­nomic rights. now, look at Israel and its open, demo­c­ra­tic (albeit imper­fct, yes with right-wing reli­gious and nation­al­ist nuts of its own) soci­ety where there is much more pub­lic pro­tec­tion of civil rights whether you are Jew, Mus­lim, Chrsit­ian, Fil­ipino, Sudanese, etc, etc. Those who claim to be pro­gres­sive and puruse such non­sense as these bill­boards are, as Lenin once said about clue­less sup­port­ers of the USSR, “use­ful idiots” to the mis­in­for­ma­tion of the mulim rejectionists.

  • Anony­mous

    For almost eight years one of the groups who spon­sors the bill­boards, Jew­ish Wit­nesses for Peace and Friends, has been protest­ing every Sat­ur­day in front of Beth Israel Con­gre­ga­tion in Ann Arbor, Michi­gan. The pro­test­ers seem to believe that a small Con­ser­v­a­tive Shul in Michi­gan holds the keys to power in the Middle-East.

    Con­gre­gants have to pass dis­taste­ful and offen­sive signs con­demn­ing Israel as they enter the sanc­tu­ary for Shab­bat wor­ship. We have been told that no mat­ter how dis­taste­ful it is, it is per­fectly legal.