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July 11, 2012 2

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.

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June 15, 2012 5

Anti-Israel Billboard Campaign Hits Los Angeles

A Bill­board Dis­played in Los Angeles

Update: As of June 24th, CBS Out­door adver­tis­ing took down the 23 anti-Israel bill­boards because the Coali­tion to Stop 30 Bil­lion to Israel used the ‘CBS Out­door’ name in their pub­li­ca­tions with­out per­mis­sion. Nonethe­less, the group said, “we hope to con­tinue our L.A. cam­paign, but regard­less we will be look­ing at other cities to con­tinue this impor­tant work in the future.”

In a con­tin­ued effort to mar­gin­al­ize Israel through adver­tise­ments, a new bill­board cam­paign was launched in Los Ange­les this week by the anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion “Coali­tion to Stop $30 Bil­lion to Israel.”

Accord­ing to a press release issued by the US Cam­paign to End the Israeli Occu­pa­tion, there will be 23 bill­boards dis­played in the Los Ange­les area that read, “Tell Con­gress: Spend Our Money at Home, Not on the Israeli Military.”

The US Campaign’s press release asserts that the “Israel lobby” might try to put an end to the cam­paign, but that sup­port­ers of the bill­boards’ mes­sage “can­not allow them to sti­fle dialogue.”

U.S. aid to Israel is crit­i­cal for Israel, but it is crit­i­cal for the U.S. as well. Israel is required to spend most of the aid on American-made prod­ucts and mil­i­tary equip­ment, which ben­e­fits the Amer­i­can econ­omy. In addi­tion, the U.S. gov­ern­ment rightly con­sid­ers pro­vid­ing a key ally in the region with aid to be in its own best interests.

The Coali­tion to Stop $30 Bil­lion to Israel was first cre­ated in 2009 in New Mex­ico. The group has been respon­si­ble for anti-Israel bill­boards and ads in Albu­querque, Seat­tle and, most recently, Den­ver.

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March 14, 2012 12

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.”

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