This ad shows Israel’s continued expropriation of Palestinian land — an undeniable truth.
The ad on your left, which has been placed on 15 buses and the city Skytrain station in Vancouver by the Palestine Awareness Coalition, has been labelled as anti-Semitic and hateful by conservative Jewish organizations in Canada. These organizations are trying to use their only weapon to deflect against criticism of Israel: CENSORSHIP.
B’nai Brith, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, and friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Toronto have all attacked the display of these ads, and some are threatening TransLink– responsible for approving and displaying the educational images– with lawsuits.
This isn’t the first time a poster in Canada has been attacked with the false charge of anti-Semitism. The Israel lobby successfully pressured university administrations to ban a poster depicting Israel’s war crimes on Gaza– arguing again that it incites violence towards Jews. As a Jew, I feel unsafe by what Israel is doing in my name to Palestinians, not by the non-violent resistance of Palestinians to Israel’s crimes. Stand on the right side of history with me. Tell TransLink NOW that the ads must stay up by calling 604-953-3040. We refuse to be bullied into silence!
Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy new year. Shana Tova!