Subway riders in Boston are in for a surprise during their commute through the State Street subway station. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, or “T”) has apparently approved the display of anti-Israel propaganda advertisements by Boston nonprofit organization Ads Against Apartheid (AAA). Titled the “One Word Campaign”, the advertisements feature a single word and startling photos to capture the rider’s attention to the crimes Israel has committed against the Palestinians.
The “STOLEN” poster states that Israel has built “150 Jewish-only cities inside Palestine, using U.S. tax dollars.” The second poster is entitled “VIOLENCE” and it features a young Palestinian girl in the foreground while stating that “Since September 2000 Israel’s military has killed one Palestinian child every 4 days, using U.S. tax dollars.” The third poster is “HOMELESS” and it claims that Israel has destroyed “25,000 Palestinian homes and created thousands of homeless families, using U.S. tax dollars” and features a Palestinian man watching a structure being bulldozed.
All three advertisements end with the slogan, “Does Israel want peace… or land?” If this is the question being asked of AAA, then I ask them, “Does Palestine want peace…or land, control, the elimination of Israel, and the world to convert to Islam?” AAA’s President Chadi Salamoun has defended the “One Word Campaign” claiming that, “If the ads are shocking, that’s because the reality on the ground is shocking.” He went on to say that each claim is “backed up with citations from credible human rights and international organizations.” And who are those credible human rights and international organizations? We all know that emotions tend to trump the facts, especially in propaganda, but using visual triggers to elicit sympathy from most likely uninformed MBTA riders in this issue is unacceptable.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is without a doubt a complicated one and in most circumstances, Israel is left protecting itself against continuous Palestinian terrorist attacks. In 2009, Israel attacked Gaza in hopes of thwarting rockets from the Hamas-controlled territory. Hamas is a terrorist organization and just this year, Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, deputy chairman of Hamas’ political bureau, said that “Hamas will not recognize Israel” and “this is a red line that cannot be crossed.”
Israel has for many years been on the receiving end of numerous bloody terrorist attacks from Palestinian forces. Despite many attempts at peace resolutions by outside parties since the first Israeli-Arab War in 1948, no real progress has been made towards a resolution. Palestine has yet to acknowledge Israel as a nation and views ethnic cleansing of Jews as the only answer to the “problem”.
On April 8, 2011 former Hamas minister of culture Atallah Abu Al-Subh delivered a sermon on Al-Aqsa TV and stated, “The Jews are the most despicable and contemptible nation to crawl upon the face of the Earth because they have displayed hostility to Allah.” In 2007, acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bahar compared Jews to a “cancerous lump”.
While there is no denying Israel has indeed engaged in preemptive strikes on Palestinian controlled areas, logic should dictate it is due to the continued onslaught of violence and anti Semitism Israel has endured at the hands of Palestinian government. Bahar’s comments, coupled with the terrorist attacks against Israel, confirm that Hamas-led Palestinian Islamists believe the state of Israel cannot exist. Suicide bombings, mass murders, and rocket strikes are regularly perpetuated by Palestinian forces as well as the dissemination of anti-Israeli propaganda to the Palestinian media and Palestinian children.
One example of eliciting support from children using propaganda was the Palestininan television station Al-Aqsa TV airing a kid’s show in which “Assaud”, the beloved bunny, is killed by the Jews. The show captains then read, “The Zionist enemy is treacherous, and it kills everything.” Not to mention Nahul the bee who teaches children to “shoot Jews” and “smash them.” Not exactly Sponge Bob Square Pants now is it?
What do the moderate Muslims have to say about all this? Same thing the moderate Germans said in 1939. Nothing. They saw the posters and the Star of David patches. Their minds had already been poisoned with the same type of propaganda that is in our T station.
David Horowitz, a well-known consultant on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, accurately summarized the use of such propaganda by Palestinians in his book Why Israel Is The Victim: “Arabs’ refusal to address the condition of the Palestinian refugee population is and always has been a calculated Arab policy, intended to keep Palestinians in a state of desperation in order to incite their hatred of Israel for the wars to come.”
This, my friends, is the voice behind the AAA advertisements. These are the people they are protecting and eliciting support for and this is the culture which they believe is just. I didn’t see anything in these advertisements condemning Hamas’ use of children as human shields. I didn’t see any “backed up citations” about Palestinian’s regular use of child soldiers and child suicide bombers.
Why are Massachusetts taxpayers being subjected to such propaganda? Why are these posters even allowed to be plastered on the walls of a government owned service agency? If “freedom of speech” is the agency’s defense in allowing these advertisements, I just hope they accept my request to put up Tea Party and Second Amendment posters.
Image: Courtesy of: http://adonis49.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/stolen-land-israel-built-150-jewish-only-cities/