Washington state bus-ad campaign dares to state: ‘Equal rights for Palestinians’

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SeaMAC Equal Rights campaign in Clallam County, Wa.

Still plugging away with more bus ads, Washington state activists rolled out a creative bus advertising campaign this week in Seattle and several other cities: “Equal Rights for Palestinians: The Way to Peace.”

The ads are sponsored by Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC)and will be running in Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland, as well as on buses in Port Angeles and Clallam County– in addition to Seattle, of course.

Equal Rights for Palestinians: The Way to Peace bus ads Seattle Metro (photo: SeaMAC)

Seattleites are becoming familiar with a host of different SeaMAC ads. Below are just a sampling of the ads they’ve run in Seattle’s 2 local print weeklies, The Stranger and the Seattle Weekly. Many more can be viewed at their website.

SeaMAC Israels Segregated Buses print ad
SeaMAC Segregation Schools print ad
SeaMAC Segregation Towns print ad
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  1. amigo
    May 13, 2013, 1:35 pm

    Just two years ago , this would have been unthinkable.

    We have much to thank Niet an yahoo and Lie-berman for.

    They have done more for Palestinian freedom than all those who went before them.

    I just hope I live long enough to see the end of the Zionist entity and the introduction of equal rights for all in a single State.

    Whatever it,s name.

    Israel,s Jews have no one to blame but themselves.

  2. seafoid
    May 13, 2013, 4:01 pm

    Presumably the bot embassy is too busy firefighting elsewhere to do anything about this.

  3. James Canning
    May 13, 2013, 4:16 pm

    Bravo, Annie.

    Did Seattle buses have ads, several years ago, that Israel lobby found objectionable? And forced their removal?

  4. Sycamores
    May 13, 2013, 4:53 pm

    does anyone know how these ads both pro Palestinian and pro israeli are having any influnence on the street?
    legitimate question, has there been any polls, interviews or questionaires put out there to find out?

  5. Daniel Rich
    May 13, 2013, 5:23 pm

    @ annie robbins,

    For years and years I tried to warn my bros and sis about the imminent dangers of their auto-defend mechanisms [with regard to Israel], until I realized that Judaism’s only and real enemy is zionism itself.

    This rot will destroy everything it is supposed to stand for, believing it’s dong the ‘right’ thing.

    Now I’m leaning back [in my comfy chair] and watch this train wreck veer off its track into the abyss, and my howls are dying down with it.

    A very sad notion…

  6. Mayhem
    May 13, 2013, 9:29 pm

    This is a good slogan

    Equal Rights for Palestinians: The Way to Peace

    but the others I see here like “I’m not allowed on Israel’s Segregated Buses” that attempt to convey an image of Israel as a segregated apartheid society are grossly misleading and are a deceitful attempt to tug at the heart strings of Americans who sympathised with and may have even directly experienced the struggle for equality for Blacks in the US.

    • Sumud
      May 14, 2013, 3:31 am

      but the others I see here like “I’m not allowed on Israel’s Segregated Buses” that attempt to convey an image of Israel as a segregated apartheid society are grossly misleading…

      Are they?

      So is it not correct that an Israeli settler living in the Israeli-settled West Bank is subject to one legal system, and a West Bank Palestinian who lives 50 metres away is subject to a completely different legal system?

      Granted, the differences inside Israel’s declared borders are less stark, but they remain. You can’t just pretend the occupation doesn’t exist because you don’t like seeing ‘apartheid’ and ‘Israel’ in the same sentence.

      • TonyRiley
        May 14, 2013, 12:40 pm

        They are 2 separate countries – Israel and The Palestinian Authority. Think about it – in California, someone who lives 25 yards from the border with Mexico lives under a completely different legal system from someone living 50 yards away in Mexico! Doh.

      • tree
        May 15, 2013, 3:00 am

        Think about it – in California, someone who lives 25 yards from the border with Mexico lives under a completely different legal system from someone living 50 yards away in Mexico! Doh.

        Faulty analogy,Tony. If we were to make the situation equivalent using the US and Mexico, then a US citizen could live IN MEXICO under a US civilian legal system, while a native Mexican would be subject to a harsh military system controlled by the US. Doh, yourself.

        Sumud is talking about two separate legal systems, both controlled by Israel, that treat residents IN THE WEST BANK under two different sets of rules, based on whether the resident is an Israeli Jew or a Palestinian. The Israeli resident has the benefit of a lenient civil legal system, while the Palestinian is controlled by a much harsher military justice system that does not provide the rights guarantees that the Israeli civil system does. Its an apartheid judicial system, run by Israel.

      • Sumud
        May 15, 2013, 3:56 am

        Thank you tree, exactly my point.

        We will wait for Mayhem and TonyRiley’s response.

        I’m sure it will be …entertaining.

  7. American
    May 13, 2013, 10:54 pm

    Here’s the ad I want the public to see.

    The Obama Administration and the Democratic and Republican US Congress are cutting Americans Social Security by 103 Billion over the next 10 Years and raising American’s Taxes by 1 Trillion Dollars.

    During the same next 10 year they have pledged 50 Billion of US taxpayer money to Israel, and 50 Billion to Egypt and Jordon as part of the US arranged Israel-Egypt-Jordon Peace Agreement for a total of 100 Billion.

    Americans or Israelis?…Shouldn’t Americans have a say about who they want their tax money spent on?

    Call your US Congress—1 877 762 8762

    When the activist start doing ads like this you’ll know they are serious…till then they are just playing around.

    • Citizen
      May 14, 2013, 2:32 am

      @ American
      100 Billion cut to Social Security to pay for 100 Billion for Israel (50% to Israel, 50% to Egypt/Jordan To benefit Israel) over next decade.

    • Ellen
      May 15, 2013, 4:57 am

      Absolutely, American. But there are powerful interests lining their pockets with this conflict industry. Check out JINSA.

      And they will do all they can to keep Americans confused and afraid so to believe that their money is better spent on Iron Dome instead of, for example, effective schools or safe infrastructure.

      It is all about the money and I will believe groups like this, including JVP, when they start informing Joe the Plumber the billions stolen from him to support Zio-dreams.

      • Citizen
        May 15, 2013, 5:41 am

        @ Ellen, yes. I went to JVP web site and there were no details on all the aid Israel has received, now receives from US taxpayers. There’s a link to a sign that Says “No Blank Check To Israel.” That’s about it. Joe the Plumber needs to read IfAmericansOnlyKnew web site, but I’d bet he has never heard of it.

  8. RoHa
    May 14, 2013, 12:32 am

    I like the segregation ads. They should run those in (e.g.) Georgia.

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