STANDWITHUS TO PLACE ADS ON SEVEN BUSES IN WASHINGTON DC BEGINING APRIL 11 TO COUNTER ANTI-ISRAEL ONES ON THE CHERRY BLOSSOM LINE
(Washington DC, April 11, 2014) -- For the third time, StandWithUs (SWU) is countering anti-Israel messages on Washington D.C.'s metro. The StandWithUs ad will go up April 11 for a four week run on seven buses and follow the same Cherry Blossom route as the anti-Israel ads, which end on April 13. The SWU ads specifically counter those by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) which attacks US aid to Israel by informing viewers that tax day is coming on April 15th, and their taxes will be used for US aid to Israel. AMP also announced that it specifically chose the Cherry Blossom route to target tourists.
Conversely, the StandWithUs ads state, "Not With Our Tax Dollars. Stop U.S. Aid for Palestinian Terrorism," and directs tourists to learn more and sign a petition at: notaxesforterror.com. The Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank uses American tax dollars to pay monthly salaries to convicted Palestinian terrorists, thus providing incentives for future terrorist actions. Salaries are paid on a sliding scale: the more Israelis murdered, the higher the wages, with mass murders receiving the highest wages. This terrorism industry is one of the PA's top budgetary priorities. The US, as the largest single country donor to the PA, contributes to these salaries. Although the US Congress has passed legislation demanding more oversight of its donations, no major changes have been made.
"The terrorism industry is a major obstacle to peace. Why would the Palestinian people support peace if they have powerful incentives to continue terrorism? The Palestinian Authority clearly does not prepare its people for peace. In addition to paying terrorists the entire time they are in prison and after they are released, its media indoctrinate the public with hatred of the Jewish state. The StandWithUs petition urges Congress to condition future Palestinian aid on the immediate cessation of the Palestinian terrorism industry, demands complete transparency on use of donor funds, and demands that the Palestinian governmental institutions supporting terrorism be shut down," states Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, a thirteen year-old international, non-profit Israel education organization.
StandWithUs countered anti-Israel ads in Washington DC's metro system in 2007 and again in 2009, prompted by ads placed by American Muslims for Palestine in New York City's metro-north rail line in 2013.
"Anti-Israel groups continue to try to misinform the public in an attempt to erode American support for Israel. They hope that well-meaning viewers will conclude that the US should stop supporting Israel. As with all the anti-Israel campaigns we've encountered, context and facts are left out," Rothstein continues.
"The importance of maintaining the relationship with the Middle East's only Democracy should be obvious. The United States and Israel share common democratic values and individual and religious freedoms that are denied in many Middle Eastern nations. Both countries continue to prosper as a result of a healthy exchange of culture, business and society," adds Gary Ratner, senior executive StandWithUs.
Anti-Israel billboard campaigns have launched in other parts of the country since 2007, and SWU has countered each one. This includes five different times in San Francisco, three times in New York, twice in Houston (in cooperation with Bridge Houston), twice in Montana and on the Washington-Idaho state line, in Albuquerque, Chicago, Denver, and Chapel Hill, NC, among others.
"We hope that those who publicize misinformation about Israel understand that every time they do, we will be there to balance their allegations with facts," concluded Rothstein.