pro-Israel education group StandWithUs (SWU) has announced that it will unveil
several pro-Israel advertisements on New York’s Metro-North transit system in
Westchester County over the next month.
One of the upcoming StandWithUs pro-Israel advertisements on New
York’s Metro-North transit system. Credit: StandWithUs.
The SWU ads come in response to anti-Israel ads by the
American Muslims for Palestine, which is labeled by the Anti-Defamation League
(ADL) as a “leading anti-Zionist group.”
“Anti-Israel activists continuously seek ways to attempt
to undermine America’s strong support for the Jewish state with campaigns that
misrepresent Israel,” Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, said in a statement.
SWU’s said its ads intend to “celebrate Israel’s diversity” as well as Israel’s close alliance with
the U.S. and efforts toward peace with the Palestinians.
New York’s transit system has been a frequent venue for the
battle over Israel’s public image. Last year, the Metro Transit Authority (MTA)
banned an American Freedom Defense Initiative ad condemning radical Islam and
supporting Israel, but a federal judge overturned that ruling, arguing that the
ad was protected under the First Amendment.