JNS.org – The pro-Israel education groups StandWithUs has responded to anti-Israel advertising on Vancouver’s public transit system with new ads stressing both the Jewish loss of land from biblical times to the present and Israeli-Canadian shared values.
Posters sponsored by the Palestine Awareness Coalition on Vancouver’s TransLink trains and buses depict Israeli land as a “disappearing Palestine.” Those ads “presume there once was an Arab country called ‘Palestine’ when in fact no such country ever existed prior to the one being considered today,” noted StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein.
“Conversely, there has been a continuous Jewish presence in the land of Israel for 3 millenia, and the League of Nations recognized the Jews’ historical connection to the land which is why it carved out the Palestine Mandate as the Jewish homeland,” Rothstein said in a statement.
StandWithUs placed 10 posters in the Translink system that will be up until Nov. 14. One set of ads—titled “Jewish Loss of Land”—juxtaposes a map of the ancient Jewish kingdom before 1,000 BCE, a map of the land designated as the Jewish homeland by the League of Nations in 1920, and a map of the smaller current state of Israel. The other set of ads features pictures of Israeli and Canadian children waving their national flags.
In recent months, StandWithUs has also responded to anti-Israel advertising in San Francisco, Montana, and North Carolina, as well as on the Washington Idaho state line.