Citizen Action Monitor

U.S. activist’s billboard map of shrinking Palestine territory angers pro-Israeli Jews

Jewish groups call ads “offensive” and “anti-Semitic”

No 587 Posted by fw October 8, 2012

What is so ‘offensive’ and ‘anti-Semitic’ about the above map? It simply and forcefully illustrates the well-documented truth about Israel’s progressive illegal occupation of Palestinian land. Pro-Israeli Jews use such hot-button terms as ‘offensive’ and ‘anti-Semitic’ as tools of denial to slam shut  any form of resistance to the Israeli government’s inhumane and unjust treatment of Palestinians. Their intent is clear: “This must cease immediately in order to spare our outraged feelings.”

The ads, paid for by 83-year-old Connecticut activist Henry Clifford, prompted a US-based Israeli advocacy group to quickly fire back with its own ads. However, more recently, in support of Clifford’s ad, 12 billboards have sprung up across South Africa showing how Israeli colonization has gradually taken away Palestinian land. (For more information, see the related links at the end of this post).

Here’s a 2-minute video about the billboard ad that has sparked a “firestorm of controversy”. It includes an appearance by Clifford.

Pro-Palestinian Ads Ignite Firestorm of Controversy, published July 12, 2012 by JewsOnTelevision

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

An explosive ad about Israel is now igniting a firestorm of controversy. The display shows shrinking Palestinian territory in Israel over the years and refers to 4.7 million Palestinians there as refugees. The ads are appearing in 50 Metro-North stations.

At the train station in White Plains, the politically-charged ad was raising eyebrows.

“That’s quite amazing if you ask me,” one man told CBS 2′s Scott Rapoport.

Some Jewish leaders said they were concerned: “I think the ad is very offensive, it’s certainly offensive to Jews,” said Dovid Efune, the editor of the Jewish newspaper The Algemeiner.

Efune said the ad is anti-Semitic: “It paints Jews as aggressors, as imperialists, as people that are stealing or taking land from others,” Efune said.

Henry Clifford, the chairman of a group called the Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine, spent $25,000 of his own money on the ads. “The Palestinian people have lost most of their homeland and the map shows exactly what is happened to them,” Clifford said.

When asked what he hopes to get out of the ad campaign, Clifford responded by saying he wants to “educate people. Simply to open their eyes and let them see what has happened on the map,” he said.

The advertisements have caught the eye of commuters in White Plains as well:

“I thought it was all settled back in the 1970s with the 6 Day War,” one man responded.

“My reaction is why is there an anti-Israel ad sitting here at the train station?” asked Cliff Argintar, of Hoboken, N.J.

Efune is calling for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to take the ads down. However, the MTA said it doesn’t restrict ads on the basis of viewpoint and while it doesn’t endorse the ad, the posters will remain up.

The Anti-Defamation League, for its part, called the ads “Deliberately misleading, biased and fundamentally anti-Israel.”

SEE ALSO

  • Backer of NY ads exposing Palestinian land-loss says response has been ‘astounding’ and news ‘coverage is pouring in by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss.net, July 13, 2012 — Over the years 83-year-old Henry Clifford and his group Committee for Peace and Palestine have run ads and written countless letters to newspapers with nothing like this impact, he said. It never got covered. Last year he put up billboards in New Haven and Old Saybrook, CT, asking Americans about the $30 billion in aid pledged to Israel over ten years, “Can we afford this?” “The response was really pitiful,” he said. The commuter platform ads, however, seem to have struck a nerve because they are in the heart of New York’s media zone, viewed by movers and shakers, the affluent and the educated.
  • Inspired by US, Palestine solidarity billboards go up across South Africa, Submitted by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, October 7, 2012 — Twelve billboards have gone up across South Africa showing how Israeli colonization has gradually taken away Palestinian land. A local black businessman from Johannesburg was inspired by a similar campaign initiated by Henry Clifford in the USA and decided to embark on the same initiative here in South Africa
  • “Stand With Us” to run counter-ads to maps showing loss of Palestinian land, by Annie Robbins on July 27, 2012 — An Israel advocacy group plans to run billboards at Metro-North train stations in response to pro-Palestine posters that sparked outrage and a call to ban political advertisements from the transit system. StandWithUs plans to run a total of 75 ads in Metro-North stations in Mount Kisco, Chappaqua and White Plains, where the controversial Palestine banners have appeared. The ads are expected to go up next week.
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