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Friday, May 11, 2007

Countering the Palestinian Lobby

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/05/countering-palestinian-lobby.html

The Palestinian lobby, which does not allow anyone to say a word against Palestinian officials, is at work in Washington DC. They are running an anti-Israel ad campaign, offered as a "public service" by the Washington DC transit authority. What will they show as a public service next?
 
Standwithus is doing something about it. This press release is especially important since another major Israel advocacy group decided that replying to subway advertisements is not a priority. If we make believe it is not there, it will go away, right?
 
It is good to see that someone is taking action.
 
It states:
 
SWU contends its ads point to the real tragedy for Palestinian children.  Extremists and Palestinian media, schools and mosques indoctrinate them with hatred and encourage them to engage in violence and aspire to be suicide "martyrs."  "Teaching hatred and violence to little kids and pre-teens is a form of child abuse, and dooms hopes for a better future.  Peace, understanding and tolerance must be taught," stated Rothstein.
The Palestinian Mickey Mouse character who teaches kids to be suicide bombers is a case in point. I wonder if the Palestinian campaign will feature him?
 
Ami Isseroff
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                Contact:  Roz Rothstein
May 10, 2007                                                                         310/245-4109 or 310/739-2682   
STANDWITHUS LAUNCHES 'TEACH PEACE' AD CAMPAIGN TO COUNTER

ANTI-ISRAEL ADS  IN DC METRO RAIL SYSTEM MID-MAY -JUNE 11


 (Los Angeles, CA) -- StandWithUs (SWU), a Los Angeles-based international education organization, will launch a month-long ad campaign in mid-May through June 11, urging Palestinians to teach their children peace instead of hate, and urging Palestinian extremists to reform. 

SWU's ads will appear in 20 downtown Washington DC metro stations to counter the misinformation in an anti-Israel ad campaign scheduled to run in the stations concurrently.   The anti-Israel ads, sponsored by the "US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation," (ETO) depict a Palestinian child dwarfed by an Israeli tank and call for the U.S. to cut aid to Israel until it ends the "occupation" of Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

According to SWU, the anti-Israel ads misinform the public about occupation, funding, and responsibility for violence.   Israel withdrew completely from Gaza in 2005 and from over 40% of the West Bank almost nine years ago.  The land was turned over to the Palestinian Authority and 98% of Palestinians are self-governing under its rule.  Unfortunately, the 2005 withdrawal did not promote peace.  Instead, rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel rose four-fold.   Furthermore, the ETO ad implies that the U.S. only aids Israel.  But America has also given billions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians either directly or through the United Nations over the years.

SWU especially objects to the misleading picture of a Palestinian child apparently threatened by an Israeli tank and charges that the ETO ad is deceptive and emotionally manipulative. "Israel is not fighting children.  It is defending itself against extremists like Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad whose charters call for Israel's obliteration and whose terrorist attacks target civilians, including school children and toddlers," stated Roz Rothstein, SWU's international director.

Underscoring this message, SWU's ads call public attention to these Palestinian extremists and to the indoctrination of Palestinian children. The SWU ads show photos of Palestinian toddlers whose parents dress them as terrorists and of Palestinian pre-teens at a terrorist training camp. The text calls for Palestinians to teach peace to their children and for extremist groups to moderate and amend their charters which call for Israel's destruction.  The ads stress that Israel is seeking a partner for peace. 

SWU contends its ads point to the real tragedy for Palestinian children.  Extremists and Palestinian media, schools and mosques indoctrinate them with hatred and encourage them to engage in violence and aspire to be suicide "martyrs."  "Teaching hatred and violence to little kids and pre-teens is a form of child abuse, and dooms hopes for a better future.  Peace, understanding and tolerance must be taught," stated Rothstein.

 "Israelis and many Palestinians long for peace, but it can begin only when the younger generation is taught tolerance and instilled with a vision of co-existence for a better future," comments Esther Renzer, SWU International President.  "Hopefully, our ads will help Americans understand the tragic problems within the Palestinian Authority so they will support constructive policies essential to advancing peace."

 StandWithUs is an international, non-profit Israel education organization that hosts speakers and conferences, offers website resources and creates materials widely distributed in universities, libraries, high schools, churches and communities that teach about Israel. Based in Los Angeles, SWU has offices and chapters in New York, Detroit, Michigan, San Francisco, Orange County (CA), Buffalo and Israel.  For more information, visit:  http://www.standwithus.com

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