A new ad is appearing in buses and bus shelters in some Connecticut cities. It features the famous maps of disappearing Palestinian land, along with a quote from David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister:
“I favor partition of the country because when we become a strong power after the establishment of the state, we will abolish partition and spread throughout all of Palestine.”
The ads are thanks to Henry Clifford’s Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine. In the spring Clifford ran this ad in the Hartford Courant (image thanks to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs), using the same Ben-Gurion quote then stating that the U.S. does nothing to stop the Israeli settlement project. “Our tax dollars assist Israel in doing what we ask them not to do.”
Ben-Gurion made the statement at a Zionist meeting in 1938, according to this book. The pro-Israel group CAMERA has disputed Clifford’s campaign by arguing that Ben-Gurion intended that Arabs would be a party to this process.
Clifford — a friend of this site — has been trying to raise consciousness on the east coast for years– like the disappearing-Palestine map ads at Metro North stations in New York in 2012 that got a lot of folks het up. He has one goal, to stir discussion so that people become more aware of the issues. You’ll notice that he puts his email address on all his pronouncements. [email protected] So let him know what you think.