BART riders can’t escape the Palestine issue

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 Stop Israeli apartheidThe ad above greeted commuters passing through several major Bay Area Rapid Transit stations in San Francisco and the East Bay this week. At other stations travelers could feast their eyes on this one:

The ads – professionally printed, but posted without BART authorization – were the latest twist in a battle that began last December, when several Bay Area groups, following the example set by the Chicago-area Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, paid for ads on BART platforms calling for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel.

In response, Stand With Us, an organization of zealous advocates for Israel, paid to post ads headlined “Stop Palestinian Terrorism,” featuring a character whose face – except the shifty eyes – was wrapped in a red-and-white keffiyya. When Arab-Americans and other Bay Area residents complained that those ads amounted to racial stereotyping and hate speech, BART management ordered them removed, but Stand With Us came back this month with a new ad, free of the offensive graphic but reading “Stop Palestinian Leadership from Teaching Hate & Violence.” You can see all these posters, plus critical commentary, here.


18 Responses

  1. pabelmont
    February 22, 2011, 7:45 pm

    I hope both sets of ads stay “up” long enough for BART riders to “get” that there is a problem. That’s about all they’ll get from this thin info presentation unless there are pointers on the ads to other and further. And maybe they’ll read about the VETO: that should get them thinking!

    SF Chronicle said (on 2/18):

    Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. vetoed a draft resolution in the United Nations Security Council that would have declared Israel’s settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be illegal and demanded a halt to such activity.

    The U.S., while “rejecting in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” voted against the measure out of concern for the impact on the future of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Ambassador Susan Rice said.

    The Obama administration sought until the final hours before the vote to reach agreement with Arab diplomats on a compromise statement that would have increased pressure on Israel to cease settlement construction, while stopping short of calling it illegal or demanding a moratorium.

    The Palestinian Authority rejected the proposal earlier in the day and notified U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a statement from the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    The U.S. was alone in opposing the measure on the 15- member council, the UN’s principal policy-making panel. It was the administration’s first veto of a UN resolution and marked the 10th time in the past 11 years that the U.S. has voted against a text considered to be critical of Israel.

    Risk to Negotiations

    “Every potential action must be measured against one overriding standard: Will it move the parties closer to negotiations and an agreement?” Rice said. “Unfortunately, this draft resolution risks hardening the positions of both sides. It could encourage the parties to stay out of negotiations.”

    The veto, coming amid widespread protests against autocratic rulers in the Middle East and North Africa, may divert attention toward anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiments in the region and complicate Obama administration efforts to mediate peace talks, Middle East analysts said.

    “The U.S. has a long history of trying to prevent the United Nations from becoming an instrument to coerce Israel, but I think in normal circumstances the U.S. veto would be less uncomfortable,” Stewart Patrick, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, said in an interview. “They have a huge priority not to change the subject of the conversation from oppression of Arabs and Muslims by their own autocratic governments.”

    Veto Impact

    The peace talks, which broke down in September after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a 10-month partial construction freeze in the West Bank, will be more difficult for the U.S. to restart following the veto, according to Robert Danin, onetime aide to former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Middle East envoy for the Quartet, which is comprised of the U.S., the UN, Russia and the European Union.

    “The administration will feel they offered a very strong package in the form of a statement critical of Israel and instead were forced to cast the veto, something they did not want to do,” Danin said in an interview. “There will be a lot of frustration with the Palestinians and with Israel for not having been helpful on the settlements issue.”

    Palestinian Authority Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Rice offered U.S. support for stronger statements on settlement construction and other issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the Security Council and the Quartet, and suggested the U.S. would consider backing a proposed Security Council trip to the Middle East. In exchange, the Palestinians would have had to agree to withdraw the resolution.

  2. Chaos4700
    February 22, 2011, 7:51 pm

    Racism is always the common denominator of Zionism. “Look! A scary foreign guy with shifty eyes with a big nose head wrap! Fear!”

    I would actually be interested to see those Stand With Us posters side by side with certain choice posters of the same vein released in the 1930’s. To compare and contrast the strategy of both.

    • yonira
      February 22, 2011, 8:40 pm

      This is a good one Chaos:

      link to

      • Chaos4700
        February 22, 2011, 10:14 pm

        Stand With Us, won’t you?

      • Chaos4700
        February 22, 2011, 10:17 pm

        or else

      • annie
        February 22, 2011, 10:54 pm

        chaos, the ‘stand’ link says “You don’t have permission to access /wp-admin/images/news071806006.jpg on this server.”

      • Avi
        February 23, 2011, 12:38 am

        link to

        When the Hamas TV show criticized actions such as the ones in the photo, Jon Stewart made it seem as though Hamas was spreading lies about the colonists……anti-Semites, blood libel….

        I haven’t watched his pathetic show for over a year now, but I bet he still flaunts his being Jewish as though he’s trying to prove to himself that he belongs to a tribe, and that he is special — talk about a persecution complex. Colbert flaunts his own Catholicism, but to a far lesser degree. Stewart is obsessed.

      • Chaos4700
        February 23, 2011, 2:48 am

        Oh, sorry there. I’m guessing the server doesn’t like hot links to resource files. Here are the pictures I meant to post there.

      • Citizen
        February 23, 2011, 4:04 am

        True, annie. Chaos4700, can you get the pic to us some other way?
        The one you sent of Israeli kids being taught how to shoot automatic rigles is priceless. Reminds me of that video clip of those young American Jewish yuppies playing guns in the US backwoods, which in turn reminds me of their counterparts training in the Aryan Nations camps, also in the US backwoods.

  3. rob
    February 22, 2011, 8:08 pm

    I just want to say Thanks to Anonymous for sharing, I got a good feeling inside just seeing these, even if they’re up only for a short time. I’m going to make a donation to right now! THAT, is putting the money to good use (in my humble opinion).

    I don’t think this would ever get over in NYC!

    • Citizen
      February 23, 2011, 4:06 am

      I feel the same way, rob. The posters look great! I guess they have no web site or street address to prevent a visit at their door by our hijacked Homeland Security folks.

  4. eljay
    February 22, 2011, 8:15 pm

    >> “Human Rights For All Is The Answer”

    That sounds so much better than the Zio-supremacist slogan:

    “Ethnic Cleansing Is An Evil That Was Required…
    …But It’s ‘Currently Not Necessary'”

  5. Taxi
    February 22, 2011, 8:18 pm

    Hahahaha the wolf in the sheep’s clothing!

  6. annie
    February 22, 2011, 9:59 pm

    love the wolf in sheep’s clothing!

  7. fuster
    February 22, 2011, 10:05 pm

    mostly say hooray for our side.

  8. Leper Colonialist
    February 23, 2011, 8:17 am

    Alas, out Likudist friends have the last laugh. As usual. Is there a Likudist analog to Philip Weiss, and does that fellow’s website post an entry “US Citizens Can’t Escape The Influence of Israel”?

    I did like the wolf in sheeps’ clothing poster, but will our friend at PETA now complain that comparing our good friend canus lupus to Bibi and company unduly damages the good name of the wolf?

  9. rob
    February 23, 2011, 6:34 pm

    Thank you Chaos4700 and Avi for the pic’s!!
    I had never seen any like that before, we’re usually subjected to the ones showing Palestinian kids dressed up in battle fatigues and how their parents teach them hate, along with the usual diatribe.
    The msm really do keep those hidden; any others?
    And yes, the wolf in sheeps’ clothing was great!

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