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New Anti-Israel Ad Hits The New York Times

A bla­tantly mis­lead­ing and anti-Israel adver­tise­ment appeared in the national sec­tion of The New York Times today. The ad, which attempts to show that much of Pales­tin­ian land has dis­ap­peared since 1946, was spon­sored by the Com­mit­tee for Peace in Israel and Pales­tine (COPIP) and If Amer­i­cans Knew, a vir­u­lently anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion run by a for­mer jour­nal­ist named Ali­son Weir.

The half-page color ad is iden­ti­cal to a series of bill­boards that appeared at MetroNorth sta­tions in Westch­ester over the summer.

The ad’s attempt to boil down what is an extremely com­plex con­flict into four sim­ple maps with dif­fer­ently shaded regions appears to be a delib­er­ate attempt to demo­nize Israel and place the entire onus of respon­si­bil­ity for the con­flict on the Jew­ish state. The first map is par­tic­u­larly egre­gious: It seems to depict that all of Israel was owned by Pales­tini­ans pre-1948 when, in real­ity, much of the land was owned by non-Palestinian absen­tee land­lords who lived else­where in the Mid­dle East, includ­ing Cairo, Bagh­dad, Dam­as­cus and Beirut. The ad also ignores the his­toric Jew­ish con­nec­tion, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual, to the land of Israel.

The MetroNorth ads were spon­sored by COPIP’s chair­man, Henry Clif­ford. This lat­est ad is co-sponsored by Clifford/COPIP and Weir, who has pre­vi­ously spon­sored anti-Israel ads and bill­boards with dif­fer­ent themes else­where across the coun­try. In fact, Weir sent an e-mail to her sup­port­ers yes­ter­day announc­ing that her organization’s cam­paign to end U.S. mil­i­tary aid to Israel, called “Stop the Blank Check,” plans to launch addi­tional anti-Israel bill­boards and news­pa­per ads across the United States.

Bill­boards and pub­licly placed adver­tise­ments have become a more pop­u­lar tool used by the anti-Israel move­ment in the past year. Anti-Israel bill­boards have appeared in Den­ver, Detroit and Los Ange­les since last March.

  • While I agree that the first map is silly, the fact remains that the Pales­tini­ans have been los­ing land to Israel. Israel will con­tinue to oper­ate with zero moral author­ity so long as the pre-1967 bor­ders are ignored.

    • aki­noame

      Moral author­ity and bal­ance will be restored when Arab coun­tries take their part of respon­si­bil­ity for the Pales­tin­ian prob­lem. 1st, Jor­dan and prob­a­bly Egypt should take respon­si­bil­ity for a viable Pales­tin­ian State (espe­cially Jor­dan, since it’s Palestinian-majority coun­try ruled by Hashemite minor­ity). 2nd, refugee prob­lem is much less respon­si­bil­ity of Israel than that of the Arab coun­tries, and Israel already over-payed for it by inte­grat­ing Jew­ish refugees from Arab states.

  • aki­noame

    You for­get to men­tion that much of the land was not pri­vate at all, nei­ther Jew­ish nor belong­ing to for­eign Arabs, nor to local Arabs. Esti­ma­tions are that 50% was state land (much of it in the Negev), and this land legally went to the state which was founded — the State of Israel.

    Map 1 is a clever lie to mark Jew­ish land more or less cor­rectly, and fill the rest as Pales­tin­ian. Did they own all the roads and other pub­lic places? Nope.

  • As most know Arabs & Jews lived in the region peace­fully for a long time. Jews did not con­fis­cate Arab prop­erty. All but about 5% were talked into leav­ing (by other Arabs) after the Bal­four con­ven­tion. They sold their prop­er­ties (those who owned them which weren’t many) and their deeds of trust remain in the cour­t­houses, signed with their names, in Arab…A deed of trust is called that because a deal has been made in good faith. But never mind facts, we know what (a good % of the Arab world, and those who have bought into their spin as the under­dogs) are doing; hence facts are use­less. The more facts you throw at them, the more spin they throw back. They want it all (Israel) and will do what they have to do to get it (they’ve proven that of late). So Israel must remain strong and for­get about une­d­u­cated world opin­ion. The coun­tries that count, that mat­ter, have Israel’s back. The rest are going to won­der what ever hap­pened if some­one decides to bomb them on a daily basis.

    • Sorry… A Deed of trust is a legal term of art. It actu­ally means that a nom­i­nal owner holds name title to real estate In trust for the actual, or equi­table owner. In fact, the term deed of trust has the exact oppo­site mean­ing too bad which you ascribe. Self delu­sion is beautiful…

  • Robert Ket­ter­man

    You should study the his­tory of Islam and see how much Chris­t­ian ter­ri­tory they have con­quered. Islam’s goal is to rule the world. All who stand in the way must be destroyed, includ­ing the USA and Israel.

    • I love the irony. Nice anti-Islam rant on a page cre­ated to pro­mote diversity.

  • Ric

    This ad has also gone viral with anti-Semites and idiots on Face­book. Beware of it.

  • samuel­prime

    The other prob­lem with that map, aside from what the arti­cle already stated, is the miss­ing (counter)-map of Jews who have been expelled, threat­ened, intim­i­dated from their homes and lands in Arab nations — and who num­ber from 800,000 to 1 mil­lion. You can imag­ine what a typ­i­cal geo­graphic area looks like that is home to 800,000 to 1 mil­lion peo­ple. Sec­ondly, the green color used in the first map above is designed to con­jure up the idea that the land belongs only to Mus­lims, when in fact many other reli­gious and eth­nic groups (even other nation­al­i­ties) have been liv­ing there for cen­turies (and not only Mus­lims). Pales­tine is the name for a geo­graphic region (not a legal state) much as the Sinai penin­sula. Thirdly, the refugee prob­lems of the Pales­tini­ans was the cre­ation of Arab hatred and intol­er­ance toward the exis­tence of Jew­ish state, from the begin­ning, with which they waged only war. They lost the wars and they caused the Pales­tini­ans to lose by con­se­quence. The same is hap­pen­ing in Syria today, in Sudan Dar­fur, Cyprus/Turkey, and other geo­graphic loca­tions in the Mid­dle East where refugees just keep mul­ti­ply­ing — esp. now in Syria. (And don’t for­get the 100,000’s of Iran­ian refugees that fled the Iran­ian rev­o­lu­tion.) There needs to be there­fore a counter-map show­ing homes where Jews have been expelled from.