Billboard wars

| March 21, 2013

Soon after a pensive-looking cowboy popped up on a billboard alongside Interstate 90 between the Orange and Reserve street exits two months ago, the phones started ringing at the Har Shalom synagogue in Missoula.

"We got calls from people in the community, non-Jews as well," says Har Shalom Board of Directors President Bert Chessin.

It wasn't the cowboy that got the phones ringing. It was the message the middle-aged man wearing a 10-gallon hat appeared to be pondering: "$8 million a day to Israel just doesn't make sense!"

The Council for the National Interest, a Virginia-based nonprofit, paid for the billboard. Executive Director Phil Giraldi says the nonprofit takes issue with military aid provided by the United States to Israel and designed its campaign to start a conversation about this country's fiscal priorities. "It's essentially a question of Israel getting a large amount of money," he says.

The message, however, hit a nerve. Chessin, for one, says the billboard is one-sided and superficial, as well as anti-Israel. Aiming to reclaim the battlefield of public opinion, Har Shalom mobilized and joined forces with Stand With Us, an international nonprofit based out of Los Angeles, to promote its own message.

SWU educates about Israel and, according to its website, combats "the extremism and anti-Semitism that often distorts the issues." SWU's Gary Ratner says his organization commonly encounters messages like the one in Missoula. "It's called 'BDS'boycott, divestment and sanction," he says. "It's an attempt to undermine American support for Israel and the joint values that we hold."

When alerted to such efforts, SWU counters with its own themes, fueling a public relations war that's played out on buses, billboards and in train stations across the country. Typically the skirmishes occur in progressive strongholds such as San Francisco, Portland and New York, but now it's stretched to Missoula.

This week, after the Council for the National Interest's billboard contract expired, Har Shalom and SWU paid to erect a new billboard in the same location. For the next two months, rather than the pensive cowboy, commuters heading east on I-90 will see the following message: "Tell Congress Not to Support Palestinian Groups like Hamas, because they don't want peace."

"We felt that [the other billboard] shouldn't go unanswered," Chessin says.

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The U.S. gives 23 billion dollars to the Muslims, and yes, 3 billion to the Jews.
See it in perspective.

Posted by JJ on 03/31/2013 at 7:38 PM

. I recently bowed out of the interfaith Holocaust service, because it was a custom to include Hatikvah at the end, but now some Christian groups object as they support the Palestinians and the Muslim Imams would either sit or leave during the Hatikvah. Perhaps interfaith Holocaust programs no longer make sense, at least to me. I do not need the stress of seeing disrespect being afforded to Israel and nor do I wish to compromise by leaving Hatikvah out. The interfaith Holocaust memorials started as well intentioned way for the Jewish people and other groups to pause and reflect on man’s capacity to perpetuate unbelievable cruelty against his fellow and to commiserate as a group and others, with the Jews and hopefully prevent this nightmare from reoccurring. Over the years it was understandably modified to include other victims of genocidal mass killings, though these mass killings were not really analogous, as the Nazis were obsessed at not just killing Jews as a competing group, but Hitler desired to eliminate our creed and it’s pervasive influence on humanity, particularly Christian doxy. As a result of Muslim participation and twisted liberalism, this is morphing into a twisted canard where Israel is being blamed for perpetuating ethnic killings against the Palestinians as the Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. One can understand the Islamo-Nazis belief system with a quote from the Talmud. We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, CHILD OF Holocaust survivors and a refugee born in a D.P. camp


As it states,

• The British Mandate government briefly banned its performance in 1919 due to Arab anti-Zionist political activity.

• In 1944, Czech Jews spontaneously sang it at the entry to the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chamber and, as reported by a member of the Sonderkommando, were beaten by SS guards.

The link is clear, the Arabs were against Hatikvah before there was Israel or even before the myth of Palestinian people. Furthermore, Jews sang it while being led to their death. How dare anyone allow individuals to leave in protest during Hatikvah with the canard they are commemorating the Holocaust but against the State of Israel. Just keep quoting Dr Martin Luther King, Jr “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism.”

"American Muslims for Palestine" launches anti-Israel poster in New York

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"American Muslims for Palestine" launches anti-Israel poster
in New York train stations

In the latest public spat over the Middle East conflict, the Americans for Palestine group has launched posters insisting that the US should no longer support Israel

Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs told The Commentator: "Once again, anti-Israel groups are promoting lies and misinformation, this time in New York.

By the Commentator
The Commentator
March 26, 2013

Campaign and lobby group "American Muslims for Palestine" (AMP) today launched a new outdoor advertising campaign that will begin in 25 stations on the Metro North train line near New York City.

The ad will run for four weeks before moving to other cities around the country. The advert criticises US aid to Israel and uses a quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to imply that Israel is an apartheid state.

AMP however has come under criticism in recent years for a spate of 'radical' behaviour. In 2004, its chairman, Hatem Bazian, praised the “uprising in Iraq” (which was against U.S. soldiers) and the “intifada in Palestine” and said an American intifada is needed to “change fundamentally the political dynamics here.” He boasted, “They’re gonna say some Palestinian [is] being too radical – well, you haven’t seen radicalism yet.”

In 2012, Bazian described the U.S. as a racist country that tries to get “darker people [to] fight our war.”

AMP board member Osama Abu Irshaid describes the firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas as a form of “legitimate resistance.”

Another board member is Salah Sarsour. His brother was arrested by Israel in 1998 and informed his interrogators that Salah was financing Hamas through the Islamic Association for Palestine and the Holy Land Foundation.

In 2011, Steve Emerson wrote of AMP's 'web of Hamas support'.

"We timed the release of our ads with President Obama’s visit to the Middle East to underscore his administration’s failure to address the true cause of conflict: Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands and its racist apartheid policies, which subject Palestinians on a daily basis to humiliation, deprivation and a loss of their basic rights, including the freedom of movement,” Hatem Bazian, the organization’s chairman, said in a statement on its website.

The AMP banners are the latest in a series of dueling posters that have been appearing at Metro-North stations since last year.

In one ad produced in September by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, Islam is linked to a rising number of terrorist attacks. The ad declares: "It's not Islamophobia, it's Islamorealism." That prompted community leaders and residents to stage a protest at the White Plains train station.

Public outcry also led the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to change its ad policy and require disclaimers on issue-oriented posters. The disclaimers must state that the MTA does not endorse the opinions in the ad. It must also disclose who paid for it.

MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said the new ads from the AMP include those disclaimers.

“MTA advertising spaces serve broadly as a vehicle for a wide variety of communications, including, at times, controversial ads that express viewpoints on matters of public concern,” he said in an email statement. “The First Amendment restricts the MTA’s control over the content and timing of the messages expressed in paid advertisements.”

UPDATE: Israel advocacy group StandWithUs has drawn to our attention that the group has countered every negative public advertisement with a positive message about Israel. Their work can be found here.

Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs told The Commentator: "Once again, anti-Israel groups are promoting lies and misinformation, this time in New York."

"They often choose holidays to launch campaigns, as they did this time, because they feel can silence the opposition. The main point however is that they promote lies like this regularly, regardless of the day. It's like the Nazi, Joseph Goebbels used to say, 'if you repeat a lie often enough it will become the truth'.

"The bottom line is that there is no apartheid, not in Israel and not outside of Israel. Putting up a fence between Israel and the Palestinians is like a fence between any two countries, particularly those at war. Palestinian Arabs living in Israel are involved in all levels of politics and government. Palestinians living outside of Israel are not citizens of Israel and they dont want to be. They have their own government, school system and police force.

"Placing billboards with misleading messages will not bring peace. People who are concerned about peaceful coexistence should encourage Hamas and Abbas to say yes to peace and stop launching rockets into Israeli schools, stop teaching children to hate and kill Jews, and accept Israel as the Jewish country next door."

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Posted by Bernhard Rosenberg on 03/31/2013 at 1:14 PM

The Palestinian terrorists fight in Syria and kill students with mortars in Alleppo. Than they come to the world and whine that nobody wants to make peace with them. Palestinians got 500 million dollars jusrt now. $116/soul/year in just one of many money tsunami that flood them. The Darfur refugees get $36/soul/year. Palestinians are the darlings of radical and brain washed zealots who never protested about the Syrian NAKBA but are concerned about the Palestinians who have more democracy, more money than most of Arab states. These zealots are blind to the massacre of Christians in Syria, Egypt, Gaza etc. where the churches are set on fire and girls kidnapped....

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Posted by Ibrahim el-Awal on 03/29/2013 at 10:31 AM

Interesting. If the USS Israel wanted peace, we would have peace. Tomorrow. But they don't. They want land and water. All of it. They want the original inhabitants gone. All of them. They can punish any public official who speaks out against them. Any public official.

The US doesn't care about local issues and will let Israel do any atrocity so long as it continues to enforce US policy in the area. Any atrocity, invasion, land grab, bombing campaign, disappearance, secret prison, or torture.

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Posted by Mark Tokarski on 03/21/2013 at 9:30 AM
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