Donate Shop Register Volunteer


Metro-North Faces Israel-Palestine Ad Conflict

METRO-NORTH FACES ISRAEL-PALESTINE AD CONFLICT

By James Arkin
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, DAILY POLITICS
July 26, 2012


StandWithUs, a non-prof
it Israel education organization, is paying for 75 pro-Israel billboards to go up on Metro-North platforms for a month starting next week.

The ads are a response to pro-Palestinian billboards put up by Henry Clifford, chairman of the Committee For Peace In Israel and Palestine.

StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein said Clifford's billboards promote misinformation about Israel's history.

"This poor man who placed the billboards, Henry Clifford, needs an education," Rothstein said. "So we thought we would help people like Henry Clifford who think there was some magical place called 'Palestine' with some presidents or a King before Yasser Arafat."

Clifford's billboards display maps documenting the region's shifting borders since 1946. StandWithUs has six different designs, including one with a picture of a bible and the text: "According To This 3,000-Year-Old Best Seller, Israel Is The Jewish Homeland."

The billboards document Israeli peace offers, and Israel's role in water conservation and U.S. job creation.

"Israel constantly gives gifts to the world, including all these technical advances including water saving and other medical technology that literally creates magic around the world," Rothstein said. "Whether it's growing fish in the desert or helping people drip water into irrigation or helping California with water saving, people don't recognize, don't understand what Israel gives to the world."

Clifford's billboards stirred controversy, leading state Assemblymember Robert Castelli to write a letter calling them inflammatory and urging the MTA to remove them. Clifford said that would be censorship and a violation of his freedom of speech.

Rothstein said StandWithUs believes in free speech and does not think Clifford's advertisements should be removed, but insisted that somebody should have been responsible for checking their accuracy.

"Everybody has free speech, but we hope people will be inspired to take a look and learn more about Jewish roots in a very ancient place in the world," she said. "This is an opportunity for more free speech, so we're using our right to teach and hopefully inspire people to take a look at [the] Jewish connection to this land and how old it is."

Though Rothstein did not know if StandWithUs billboards would be on the same platforms as Clifford's, she said they will be nearby.

"The same people who had the misfortune of reading tall tales about Israel should have the benefit of reading some good information about Israel," she said.

Update: Henry Clifford sent the following statement in response to the StandWithUs billboards: "Our poster presents the historical and geographical facts without editorial comment. We don't tell people what to think, we give them hard facts and let them decide for themselves. Thousands of words would be required to respond to and refute [the StandWithUs billboards] but after all is said the bottom line is irrefutable: the Palestinians have lost most of their homeland."

READ ARTICLE HERE

Other stories
5/22/2015
Liana Kadisha, a senior at Stanford University, says some Jewish students on her campus fe...
5/22/2015
Both supporters and opponents of boycotting Israel say the other side is spewing lies. Tha...
5/21/2015
BBYO Teen Interviews StandWithUs High School Coordinators, Sarah Gipoor and Tahli Hanuka, ...
5/21/2015
Lital and Elad who participated in StandWithUs` 6th Israeli Soldiers Tour are interviewed ...
5/21/2015
PRIOR TO the official launch of the new StandWithUs headquarters off Jerusalem`s King Davi...
5/20/2015
March of the Living Holocaust educational trip to Poland and Israel makes impact on Boca R...
5/20/2015
A day after landmark legislation passes Illinois legislature, pro-Israel activists say win...
5/19/2015
StandWithUs congratulates the Illinois House which on May 18, 2015 joined the state`s sena...
5/19/2015
Illinois on Monday became the third state in a month to pass legislation formally opposing...
5/15/2015
Lital and I participated in the 6th "Israeli Soldiers Tour," speaking on campuses, high sc...
5/14/2015
Coop legal counsel finds national origin boycott could violate NY Human Rights Law....
5/14/2015
Illinois is the first state to pass legislation (SB 1761, Amendment 3) prohibiting a state...
5/13/2015
Two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers shared their personal experiences with area high...
5/13/2015
How we can begin the end of radical Islam...
5/13/2015
Reminder of US-Israel Relationship Southbound On I-95 and Oregon...
5/13/2015
The Israeli government is united in opposing the Lausanne framework, which does not block ...
5/12/2015
VIDEO: Israeli-Arab diplomat George Deek has still got it, much to the chagrin of the Isra...
5/12/2015
On May 4, 2015, Breaking the Silence, a small Israeli non-governmental organisation, publi...
5/11/2015
Student representatives from the state`s 112 community colleges - representing 2.1 million...
5/11/2015
Abe Haak, an Arab born in Irbid, Jordan and raised to hate Israel, has undergone an incred...

 

About Us
Get Involved
Resources
Shop For Israel
Social Media
StandWithUs Websites