Canadian pro-Israel lobby pressures transit companies to not post Palestinian map ads

Ad sponsor, CJPME, sends letter to transit authorities demanding ads be posted. ready to take legal action if necessary

No 852 Posted by fw, September 14, 2013

“…through various strategies over two months, the transit companies and ad agencies have tried to prevent the ads from being posted.  Designs have been lost, employees told to “drop the ads,” emails and calls ignored.  The success of the Vancouver ads only increased the stonewalling, as the pro-Israel lobby sought to intimidate the transit authorities. This week, CJPME’s legal counsel sent a letter demanding that the transit authorities in question respect its constitutional rights to post these ads.”Thomas Woodley, CJPME

CJPME overcoming obstacles to publicize the plight of Palestinians by Thomas Woodley and CJPME Leadership Team, CJPME.org, September 13, 2013 

As many of you may have seen, a set of “Disappearing Palestine” ads went up in Vancouver two weeks ago as the result of a coalition of Vancouver organizations.  These ads have had a great impact, and we congratulate our friends in Vancouver who made these ads a reality.

1 of 4 CJPME ad designs to be posted in 2 major cities

1 of 4 CJPME ad designs to be posted in 2 major cities

Last April, thanks to the generosity of its many supporters, CJPME raised $35,000 to be able to post similar ads in two major cities across Canada.  Following a call for ad design suggestions, and after having received hundreds of designs and ideas, CJPME sent draft designs to the two target transit authorities in June.

The speculation alone about CJPME’s ads is already making news.  So we expect the ads to have a huge impact once they go live.

Sadly, through various strategies over two months, the transit companies and ad agencies have tried to prevent the ads from being posted.  Designs have been lost, employees told to “drop the ads,” emails and calls ignored.  The success of the Vancouver ads only increased the stonewalling, as the pro-Israel lobby sought to intimidate the transit authorities.

This week, CJPME’s legal counsel sent a letter demanding that the transit authorities in question respect its constitutional rights to post these ads.  Despite the stonewalling, CJPME has an extremely strong case to pursue the ads.  A 2009 Supreme Court decision (Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority v. Canadian Federation of Students) ruled that transit authorities could not block “political” advertisements.

Believing its case to be very strong, CJPME is ready to legally pursue the transit authorities and ad agencies that are attempting to block the ads.  In fact, we believe it is our duty to fight this fight, and break down barriers to the free discussion of the violation of Palestinian human rights.

Please consider donating in support of these ads, or in support of the potential legal fight that CJPME may be required to launch.  

We are thankful for your ongoing support for this initiative, and we look forward to announcing the publication of these ads soon.

We will keep you posted of developments!  Warmest regards,

Thomas Woodley and the CJPME Leadership Team

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