NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Israel advocacy group StandWithUs (SWU) is countering anti-Israel billboards that have been displayed recently in New York’s Metro-North train stations by placing a series of six different advertisements on the Westchester County railway platforms. A total of 75 ads will appear, beginning July 30 and running throughout the month of August.
The StandWithUs billboard campaign will highlight Israel’s historical connection to the Jewish people and its gifts to the world. They will also underscore the Palestinians’ refusal to say “yes” to peace.
“According to this 3,000-year-old best seller, Israel is the Jewish homeland,” reads the tag line of one ad featuring a picture of the Bible. Another visually details how Palestinians have said no to territorial compromise and peace repeatedly since 1937, and another that highlights Israel’s cutting-edge water conservation technology that is being exported around the world.
“We cannot allow the public to be misled by the factual distortions in yet another anti-Israel campaign. We are committed to countering anti-Israel campaigns whenever they appear,” said StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein in a statement released by the organization. “Anti-Israel activists continuously try to undermine American support for Israel with campaigns that misrepresent Israel and its history. Our billboards will focus on the real Israel—its vibrancy, creativity, and humanitarianism—and underscore that Israel is on the forefront, working alongside the U.S., of making the world a better place.
This isn’t the first time StandWithUs has countered anti-Israel ad campaigns in the U.S. In September 2011, when 25 anti-Israel billboards popped up in New York’s subway stations, SWU placed 25 billboards that informed the public that “Israel Needs a Partner for Peace.” They have also countered anti-Israel campaigns in Washington, D.C., Albuquerque, Houston, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and Berkeley. In 2010, SWU allied with other groups to successfully persuade Seattle’s Metro Transit to reject proposed billboards with inflammatory, anti-Israel accusations.
For more information on the StandWithUs campaign visit www.sayyestopeace.org or www.onlyisrael.org. To learn more about StandWithUs visit www.standwithus.com.