Last August, an advocacy group posted advertisements at Vancouver TransLink stations. The ads depicted Palestinian land loss from 1946-2012. There was
some controversy over these maps and what they portray. Here is the advertisement accompanied with some of the public support and outcry.
Jewish groups fight TransLink
over Palestine ad campaign
Jewish groups in Vancouver say they are considering suing TransLink for accepting controversial political advertisements showing the “disappearance
of Palestine due to Israeli occupation over the past 66 years.”
On Tuesday, a group called the Palestine Awareness Coalition announced the launch of 15 bus posters and a large mural in a central Vancouver SkyTrain
station, that depict the territory of Palestine steadily shrinking into the state of Israel in a succession of dated maps.
Marty Roth — a 79-year-old member of the coalition group behind the ad campaign — said they have already won a victory over groups that tried to
“suppress” the ads.
“This will be controversial with a number of traditional Jewish organizations that have tried to suppress the ads,” Roth claimed. “But TransLink
has refused to agree with them, because these are educational ads that are well within national advertising guidelines and the Canadian Charter.”
Roth said as a Canadian Jewish man he believes that the state of Israel is unjustly oppressing the people of Palestine and that his group wants to
educate the Canadian public about the conflict.
But Jewish leaders including Mitchell Gropper, chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, called the ads a provocative attack on Jewish
people that will incite hatred.
“This is of grave concern to our community at large, because the ads make the use of the buses unwelcome and unsafe,” Gropper said, noting that
terrorist attacks in Israel often target buses.
So as expected there were differing opinions about this map, even among Jews as the above text demonstrates. I am curious how Mitchell Gropper came to
the conclusion that the ads were a provacative attack on Jewish people and that they will incite hatred...even many Jews agree with the ads.
As expected, there was a response to the original pro Palestine ads...
Pro-Palestinian poster sparks
heated response from pro-Israeli group
A pro-Israel group is fighting back against a controversial map sponsored by a pro-Palestinian organization advertised on Vancouver TransLink stations
StandWithUs, an international pro-Israel advocacy organization, is launching its own ad campaign Tuesday to counter what it calls “distorted”
posters of a “Disappearing Palestine,” which depicts four maps showing a shrinking Palestine replaced by the state of Israel over six decades.
“We were at the point where we realized they were lies that were being seen by thousands of riders in Vancouver,” said Meryle Kates, executive
director of StandWithUs’ Toronto chapter.
Kates said the pro-Palestinian posters — which first appeared in wall murals at two Canada Line stations and on buses this August —
“delegitimizes” Israel and the Jewish people “and we felt we had to correct it.”
As you can see, many people were offended and felt threatened by the original ad, so they had to "correct it". In my opinion the original map which we
can see earlier in the OP is accurate and has no need for correction.
I am not one to argue about biblical boundaries, but if that's your thing...power to ya...but I for one am not going to worry about 3,000 year old
The other two "more recent maps" are not very accurate in my opinion either.
First of all I was never aware that whole whole section was "Jewish Land" in 1920 as the second map shows. I was under the impression that there were
Jews, Muslims, and Christians who all lived in harmony and that it was not officially "Jewish land". Correct me if I am wrong, but it was not
officially "Jewish Land" until 1948 after the Nakba that displaced 750,000 Palestinians during the formation of the current state of Israel.
Now, the third map...this one bothers me too.
I applaud that they had the logic to at least list Gaza as its own state since they withdrew from there years ago, but if you look at the Occupied
West Bank they claim it as "disputed land". The West Bank is illegally occupied under national law yet Israel claims it to be their own. They have
systematically taken land from the Palestinians in the West Bank by building walls and settlements. Palestinian land in this region is constantly
shrinking regardless of international condemnation.
I appreciate StandWithUs' attempt at "evening the score" but in my opinion they lost all their credibility with all three maps, especially if they
were expecting people to take them seriously. All they have done is shown their fear of the world waking up to the facts behind the Israel/Palestine
edit on 10/16/2013 by Corruption Exposed because: Forgot to add the second map...