Henry Clifford’s advertisement at the Chappaqua Metro-North train station July 10, 2012.
(Photo: Seth Harrison / The Journal News )
We knew this story had legs and now the race is on. Henry Clifford and his group Committee for Peace and Palestine have swung the door wide open, creating more opportunity for debate over Israel in this country by putting up ads in Westchester railroad stations that show the loss of Palestinian land.
And after appeals by elected officials to ban all political advertisements at Metro-North train stations failed, Stand With Us has announced plans to run counter billboards, just as they did in Denver earlier this year.
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — An Israel advocacy group plans to run billboards at Metro-North train stations in response to pro-Palestine posters that sparked outrage and a call to ban political advertisements from the transit system.
StandWithUs plans to run a total of 75 ads in Metro-North stations in Mount Kisco, Chappaqua and White Plains, where the controversial Palestine banners have appeared. The ads are expected to go up next week.
“It’s a matter of using it as an opportunity to respond and educate people. People may take for granted that the world understands the Jewish connection to ancient Israel,” Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, told The Journal News Thursday. “If people have had the misfortune of seeing an eliminated Jewish narrative, then they should also have the benefit of information that is accurate.”
Six different posters include messages about Israel’s history and contributions to technology. One says that ancient Israel was renamed “Palestine” by conquering Romans, but “by any name it has been the Jewish homeland” for more than 3,000 years. Another ad will show a Palestinian and Israeli boy hugging and urge Palestinian leaders to work toward peace.
Henry Clifford is ready:
“thousands of words would be required to respond to and refute the statements by (StandWithUs), but when all is said the bottom line is irrefutable: the Palestinians have lost most of their homeland.”