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Group's Anti-Israel Message Hits Seattle Billboards

“Israel continues to use military force to maintain occupation, apartheid and imprisonment..."

Remember these signs?

In December, the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC) launched an anti-Israel bus-ad campaign accusing Israel of war crimes. That campaign was approved by the city, but after public outcry was eventually canned. Now, the SeaMAC has decided to enlarge its Israeli hate. The group has now paid for billboards that will trumpet its message.

“We always planned to follow our bus ad campaign with additional messages in other venues. We had this Equal Rights banner designed before we launched our 'Israeli War Crimes' campaign in December,” Mark Eichinger-Wiese, recent chair of the SeaMAC steering committee, said in a press release. “Israel continues to use military force to maintain occupation, apartheid and imprisonment, and US military aid to Israel is an ongoing obstacle to justice and peace.”

The new billboard campaign is an "equal rights" message of sorts that calls on America to "stop funding the Israeli military:"

The group says the U.S. gives "several billion dollars of military aid to Israel each year, and has promised $30 billion of aid over the next ten years. Israel recently asked for $20 billion more aid."

And while it claims that Palestinians suffer widespread persecution at the hands of the Jews, it is silent about the antagonistic tactics of the Palestinians. For example, earlier this month an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in southern Israel, wounding two people, including one child critically.

The group's billboard is part of a growing anti-Isreal, pro-Palestinian movement in the U.S. This week, for example, the University of South Florida students are celebrating "Israeli Apartheid Week" featuring anti-Israel speakers and even an anti-American British rapper.

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