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New Biased Billboard Campaign in Westchester

Sev­eral mis­lead­ing bill­boards fea­tur­ing maps of Palestine/Israel from 1946–2010 spon­sored by a local anti-Israel group are cur­rently on dis­play in Metro-North train sta­tions in Westchester.

The bill­board at a Metro-North train station  

The bill­boards attempt to show­case 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 in Cairo, Bagh­dad, Dam­as­cus and Beirut.

They also try to con­vey that Israel is rapidly tak­ing con­trol of land that would com­prise an even­tual Pales­tin­ian state. ADL issued a state­ment on the bill­boards, describ­ing them as “delib­er­ately mis­lead­ing and biased.”   

The group that placed the ad, the Com­mit­tee for Peace in Israel and Pales­tine (COPIP), and its chair­man, Henry Clif­ford, have a record of advo­cat­ing against Israel. The group, for exam­ple, recently endorsed the Jew­ish Voice for Peace–led divest­ment cam­paign tar­get­ing TIAA-CREF for invest­ing in com­pa­nies that allegedly help Israel main­tain the occupation.

In the past, Clif­ford has inflam­ma­to­rily alleged that Israeli lead­ers have “always planned to take over all or most Pales­tine and to expel as many Arabs as would be necessary.”

What is per­haps most trou­bling is the group’s attempt to explain Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism as a result of Israeli pol­icy or U.S. aid to Israel. A post on COPIP’s blog from May 2011 includes a flier that reads, “Moth­ers do not raise their chil­dren to be ter­ror­ists. Only when all hope is lost for a decent, secure life is a ter­ror­ist cre­ated.” It later asks, “Could it be that bil­lions of dol­lars in U.S. aid to Israel is actu­ally help­ing to cre­ate terrorists?”

COPIP is a mem­ber group of the US Cam­paign to End the Israeli Occu­pa­tion, a large anti-Israel coali­tion based in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

In the past year, anti-Israel bill­boards have appeared in sev­eral cities across the coun­try, includ­ing Den­ver, Detroit and, most recently, Los Ange­les.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15173892714754718716 Jerry Haber

    The bill­boards attempt to show­case 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 in Cairo, Bagh­dad, Dam­as­cus and Beirut.”

    This is false. The bill­board doesn’t say any­thing about the eth­nic iden­tity of the own­ers of the land. “Pales­tin­ian land” doesn’t mean, “land owned by Pales­tini­ans.” This is clear from the sec­ond map which des­ig­nates as “Jew­ish” those areas that had con­sid­er­able non-Jewish own­er­ship of the land (and ditto for Pales­tin­ian land)

    What the map says is that the land avail­able for Pales­tin­ian sov­er­eignty has shrunk con­sid­er­ably from 1945 until the present, whereas the land avail­able for Jew­ish sov­er­eignty has grown con­sid­er­ably. This is an intol­er­a­ble and unjust sit­u­a­tion, espe­cially since most of the Pales­tin­ian land was expro­pri­ated by the Israelis and then used for Jew­ish settlement.

    Why is this important?

    When I have a whole pizza, and you say, let’s split it fairly, and then after you have taken six slices, you say, “If you don’t split the rest 50/50 you are being unrea­son­able” — well, it’s impor­tant to remind peo­ple the his­tory of the pizza.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01838899002515551673 Elder of Ziyon