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December 12, 2012 9

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.

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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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