Israel-Bashing Billboards Appear At Metro-North Stations
07/12/12
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Billboards showing a series of maps to bolster claims that Israel has systematically confiscated land from the Palestinians have appeared at some suburban New York train stations.

The ads that went on display this week at Metro North train stations in Westchester County show a succession of shrinking Palestinian territories in four maps and contain a headline stating that 4.7 million Palestinians are classified as refugees by the United Nations.

The billboards were posted under the auspices of The Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine and paid for by Henry Clifford, an ex-Wall Street financier who lives in Connecticut. Clifford, 84, is the chairman of the organization, a 10-member group that says it is dedicated to organizing activities and educational events that advance the cause of peace and justice for both Palestinians and Israelis.

According to Lohud.com, Clifford paid $25,000 to display thebillboards at 10 Metro-North stations for 30 days.

“If the facts are inflammatory, then they are inflammatory,” Clifford told Lohud.com. “All of the Middle East is infected with the virus of the Arab-Israeli conflict. People need to know the truth of the matter.”

The Anti-Defamation League called the ads “deliberately misleading and biased.”

“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is extremely complex and cannot be summarized in a series of four maps,” said Ron Meier, ADL New York's regional director. “This ad campaign completely ignores the facts, including the history of land ownership prior to 1948, Israel’s repeated efforts to exchange land for peace, and the commitment of successive Israeli governments to achieving a two-state solution with the Palestinians.”

Metro-North said the ads did not violate its guidelines.

“We do not decide to accept or reject a proposed ad based on the viewpoint that it expresses or because the ad might be controversial,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Aaron Donovan said in a statement. “The MTA does not endorse the viewpoint expressed in this ad, or any of the ads that it accepts for display.”

In June, the Coalition to Stop 30 Billion to Israel put up 23 billboards across Los Angeles in an initiative to halt military aid to Israel. The ads were taken down under pressure shortly after they went up.
 

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07/16/2012 - 18:08

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However inflammatory these billboards may be, they are factually accurate. Continued protest against them just causes disinterested viewers to take a closer look at the situation rather than just forget about them.

Sometimes thou doth protest too much...

The billboards may be diagrammatically accurate, although I haven't seen them, but they evidence ironic justice. In 1934, David Ben Gurion proposed a Jewish semi-autonomous zone within a larger Arab state. That was rejected on behalf of Arab Palestinians by Jerusalem's Grand Mufti. At the moment, Arab Palestinians are restricted to semi-autonomy in Oslo Areas A and B -- the inverse of what Ben Gurion would have accepted in 1934.

What is that saying about Palestinians, again? Oh yeah...they never miss an opportunity to miss...

There is no such country as Palestine. Just a bunch of Arabs who have decided to occupy some one else's country.... Israel. Palestinians are merely Arabs who have made the choice to live in Israel. They are, thus, in fact, Israelis, and if they don't like that, they can go live in one of the other zillion square miles of land occupied by Arabs.

The Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine??? HAHAHAHAHA!!! WHAT A FARSE!!! How the heck is a giant historically inaccurate Israel-bashing poster in New York going to promote peace in Israel??? duuuuuhhhhh, IT ISN'T!

The very first map is completely false! There never was a nation called "palestine" there!!! A simple quote from Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in 1969 will clear up that fact in an instant.

"There were no such thing as Palestinians. When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southern Syria before the First World War, and then it was a Palestine including Jordan. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist."

Well, for now we know who concocted this latest Israel-bashing campaign, how much he paid for it, his age, and where he lives. But that's not enough. We need to investigate his background and find out why he HATES Jews and Israel so much to invest in a public Israel-bashing campaign. What are the roots of his anti-Semitism, and how far do they go? I seriously doubt this is a first attempt by him to spew his hatred of Jews and Israel. This man's history of anti-Semitism and/or racism needs to be EXPOSED, NOW!!!

Remember that you are going to die one day. A higher power will hold you all accountable for your actions.

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