Monday, February 23, 2015

San Francisco Billboard Wars. Take 6

For the sixth time, SWU Is countering anti-Israel messages in San Francisco with pro-Israel ads beginning March 2, 2015.

StandWithUs (SWU) is placing two posters on San Francisco buses that will begin March 2 for one month.  They are on eight buses (four on four.)

This is the sixth time that the Israel education organization has responded to anti-Israel messages in San Francisco. 

One StandWithUs ad  states, "Not With Our Tax Dollars. Stop U.S. Aid for Palestinian Terrorism," and directs viewers to learn more and sign a petition at: 

The second ad juxtaposes ancient and modern coins that feature the Menorah, reminding commuters that "Israel has been the homeland of the Jewish people for 3,000 years."

The SWU ads counter anti-Israel ones also on buses initiated by Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC), partnering with the local No Tax Dollars For Israel, that feature a woman sitting in rubble stating, "Israel's War Crimes. Your Tax Dollars At Work." 

"The anti-Israel ads mislead the public and try to undermine American support for Israel with factual distortions and exaggerations. They leave out the real reason Israel needs to defend itself, which is Hamas in Gaza and terrorist cells in the West Bank. They leave out the numerous times Israel has given up land for peace - such as in Gaza in 2005 when, in exchange, Hamas and other terror groups fired thousands of rockets at Israel's southern communities. Operation Protective Edge was launched this summer to protect Israeli citizens. These ads do not explain that Hamas misappropriated donor funds that should have been used to build infrastructure and instead used the money for weapons to build  terror tunnels in order to unleash cross-border terror attacks at unsuspecting Israeli citizens," states Dr.  Michael Harris, StandWithUs/SFVoicefor Israel.

StandWithUs has countered anti-Israel messages on public transit and highways wherever they appeared throughout the United States and Canada since 2007. 

"Groups that publicize misinformation about Israel should be on the alert that we will continue to challenge their lies and to inform the public," affirmed Roz Rothstein, CEO StandWithUs.

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