Supporters of the Jewish state aren't taking a so-called "anti-Israel" ad campaign lightly. In fact, StandWithUs, a non-profit that works to dispel anti-Semitism and to clarify what it believes to be the truth about Israel, has launched a counter campaign on New York City's Metro North train system.
Last month, you may recall TheBlaze's initial report about the controversial new, Pro-Palestinian images that were placed throughout train lines. The contentious ads depict the never-ending drama in the Middle East, as they show Palestinian land allegedly decreasing in size over the past 60+ years. And as the Palestinian landmass shrinks, the ad portrays Israel monumentally growing in size.
The original posters were placed by the Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine, a group that claims to be “dedicated to organizing activities and educational events that advance the cause of peace and justice for both Palestinians and Israelis.” The chairman of the organization, Henry Clifford, spent $25,000 of his own money to have the ads placed on 50 train stations in the Metro North system.
The new counter campaign by StandWithUs, naturally takes a starkly different view on the matter. Six new ads intended to counter Clifford's views are being shown throughout the same train network over the next month. According to a press release distributed by the group, the billboards will seek to educate citizens about the ongoing situation in the Middle East.
Here's an explanation, as per the release:
One StandWithUs billboard informs viewers that the land of Israel, renamed Palestine by the conquering Romans in 135 CE, has been the Jewish homeland for over 3,000 years.
A second billboard features a picture of the Bible along with the tagline, "According to this 3,000-year-old best seller, Israel is the Jewish homeland."
The third visually details how Palestinians have said no to territorial compromise and peace repeatedly since 1937.
A fourth billboard underlines the fact that Israel saves water through cutting-edge water conservation technology that is being exported around the world.
The fifth shows how Israeli technology helps Americans, in part by creating American jobs.
The sixth shows a Palestinian and Israeli boy hugging, reminding viewers that Israel Needs a Partner for Peace and urging the Palestinian leaders to accept Israel as its Jewish neighbor.
StandWithUs believes that it is essential to drive these messages home, so that the public embraces what the organization believes to be Israel's true historical context. Through the ads, the group hopes to encourage Americans to go to SayYesToPeace.org and OnlyIsrael.org to gain more information about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.
"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 Roz Rothstein, the organization's CEO.
"Anti-Israel activists continuously try to undermine American support for Israel with campaigns that misrepresent Israel and its history. The anti-Israel ads are a shocking distortion of history," he added.
You can get more information about the ad campaign here.