New San Francisco bus ads say: ‘Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights’

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On August 9, Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC) launched a new ad on buses in San Francisco with the slogan Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights. The bus ad will run for four weeks.  

SeaMAC’s new bus ad also includes the slogan Stop Anti-Boycott Legislation and features a list of previous social justice boycotts, including boycotts against British tea in 1773, segregated buses in Montgomery in 1956, and South African apartheid from 1959 to 1994.

“Advocates for Israel’s apartheid are trying to persuade state and national legislatures to outlaw the right to boycott against social injustice in Israel,” said Edward Mast, volunteer board member of SeaMAC. “This attack on free speech is one more example of demanding special treatment for the State of Israel.” 

Bills and resolutions attempting to outlaw the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel have been introduced or passed in at least 21 state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently issued an executive order to create a blacklist of institutions or businesses that “engage in or promote” BDS.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Center for Constitutional Rights and other civil liberties organizations are disputing the legality of these bills, resolutions and executive actions.

“The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is gaining momentum,” said Carla Curio, another volunteer board member of SeaMAC.  “The government of Israel is frightened enough to spend millions of dollars on false and defamatory PR and propaganda, desperately trying to bully people away from taking citizen action against Israel’s apartheid and ongoing war crimes.”

Although SeaMAC ran the main slogan of this campaign, Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights, on buses in Washington, D.C. and three other cities in 2015, the same ad was censored and taken off a billboard in Chicago by Lamar Inc. in early 2016. SeaMAC has also been prevented from running several bus ads critical of Israel in Seattle, even though pro-Israel groups have been allowed to run false, misleading and inflammatory ads on those same King County Metro buses. 

SeaMAC Boycott Israel copySeaMAC’s ad uses the term “apartheid” to refer not only to the West Bank, where Israeli Jewish settlers and Palestinian residents, both under the jurisdiction of the Israeli government, live under two separate and unequal sets of laws; but also to the stark inequalities inside Israel itself, where 1.5 million Palestinian citizens are subject to over 50 laws that discriminate against them and in favor of Israeli Jews.   The call to boycott Israel is modeled on the boycott campaign against apartheid in old South Africa.

SeaMAC’s website draws attention to ongoing U.S. government support for Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.  The U.S. still gives over $3 billion annually to Israel in military aid, as well as political and diplomatic support.

About Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign

Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC) is an all-volunteer organization using direct education through public forums, church presentations, school presentations, and other face to face presentations to discuss how U.S. support for Israel enables Israel’s continued oppression and subjugation of the Palestinian people. SeaMAC is incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Washington State and as a 501(c)(3) organization under Federal tax code.

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  1. Citizen
    August 11, 2016, 4:26 pm

    State Dept just slammed Israel for its on-going settlements, demolitions of Palestinian property, but Obama set to gift Israel another quick $50 billion package–because to stand up against Israeli apartheid and land theft, he would risk getting his library paid for, and a lucrative post-POTUS speaking and book career. There is no other reason. He’s not a Zionist like Bernie. Both will live out their lives very comfortably, thank you.

    • Kay24
      August 11, 2016, 5:13 pm

      That is what confuses the world. The State department keeps condemning Israel for it’s never ending expansion of illegal settlements, and the next minute we hear that the occupier is getting the largest aid package, all tied up with a huge red ribbon, by President Obama. The zionist servants in Congress makes sure it is delivered with love and kisses.
      The US loves to playing good cop/bad cop.

      • pmb1414
        August 11, 2016, 8:05 pm

        The State Department feels it’s off the hook by condemning settlement expansion. They know their empty words will be ignored, likely with a wink and a nod. The check will be in the mail regardless.

      • RoHa
        August 12, 2016, 6:55 am

        The world is not confused. The world knows that actions speak louder than words, that the US supports Israel no matter what, and that the State Department condemnations are just fine words for form’s sake. No-one expects any butter on the parsnips.

      • Kay24
        August 12, 2016, 9:03 am

        Pmb1414 and RoHa, it is ironic that Americans seems surprised that there are many people around the world that hate us for what we keep doing and the blatant support for an occupier, who keeps breaking international laws, just like other rogue nations.

      • Cazador
        August 12, 2016, 9:50 am

        Actually, some of the US government officially published blames against the Israeli occupation and apatheid are expressed as «concerns». Simple hypocrisy, but then, aren’t we used to hearing hypocrisy, and lies, and falcity, and whatever is required for the good and permanent conduct of the US hegemonic New American Century from the EXCEPTIONAL Empire? If you add to the Exceptional the connivent collaboration, full help and hypocrisy of the other 4 of the Five Eyes, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the world is about to live its most dire, dangerous and murderous situation ever, in extenso its total destruction.

        Who in its right mind would go and try to get Russia into a total war on its territory, a war that will risk to become globally nuclear in a matter of a few hours, just some ultra-rich idiots, banksters and company can keep dreaming of controlling the world, planet Earth?

        That brings to mind the fact that Bibi nutayahu threatened the main European capitals of bombing them with nuclear missiles if Israel were caught into another of its crooked wars against Arab populations, Arab countries, and was about to lose the fight because Europe refused to come to its help.

        I fear that all the excuses used by the zionists as victims of the Holocaust to keep stealing land from the Palestinians, emprisoning Palestinians by the thousands, killing them by the thousands, including hundreds of children, expecially before national elections to get re-elected, is going to become a real threat against all Jews, as more and more of them disagree with the Israeli zionist project, a project definitely showing fascism, genocide and apartheid as the end result of the Greater Israel dream… It’s a real nightmare for all Israel’s Arab citizens and neighbour countries.

  2. Kay24
    August 11, 2016, 5:14 pm

    When will we be seeing more of these posters and all over the country? This is a great idea, but unfortunately it is not done in a consistent manner.

    • pianoteacher
      August 12, 2016, 12:50 am

      When more people donate.
      It takes money.

      • Kay24
        August 12, 2016, 7:06 am

        I think every state should organize their own posters and also billboards at the same time if possible. Imagine the entire nation having billboards along highways all bringing focus to the occupation and land grabs. I guess there will be howls of protest and arm twisting going on, in true zio style.

    • Blownaway
      August 12, 2016, 12:02 pm

      Two thoughts . The best things about these ads is not that they will change anyone’s mind but that they will highlight the bullying that will go into efforts to remove them. That will make people question why they protest so much 2) this morning I was reading about boos for Israel at the Olympics. When I mentioned it to my American friend she said I guess the whole world knows except us. That’s what these kerfufles do. Bibi is the best thing to happen to BDS

  3. xanadou
    August 11, 2016, 9:58 pm

    Kay24: “When will we be seeing more of these posters”

    Not for a long time, if ever. The need for those posters is the result of the paucity of information engendered by our cowardly pols, the largely silent media and the aggressive Israeli lobby. These events are sporadic and almost exclusively dependent on the courage of grass roots orgs and courageous individuals with just enough clout to make themselves heard. One such example is a Canadian lawyer, Dimitri Lascaris, who recently took on the issue of BDS and more in Canada, and was for his troubles exposed to vicious attacks by the likes of B’nai B’rith:
    http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=16964

    All you and I can do is to share this info by any means available to us, such as social media.

  4. mariapalestina
    August 12, 2016, 1:03 am

    Kay, It would be wonderful to see these in every city in the U.S. But it’s not an easy thing to do. They cost money, and it’s a constant battle against Zionist groups which exert pressure to get them blocked. Alison Weir is relentless in putting up billboards, whenever she can raise the funds. JVP put one up in Los Angeles a couple of years ago, and it was taken down within one day. Zionists pressured CBS Advertising to cancel the deal. They refunded the money and refused to allow any more billboards critical of Israel.

    • Kay24
      August 12, 2016, 7:03 am

      Yes I understand that it must be very difficult to have a nationwide campaign.

      The zionists can dish out, but simply cannot take criticism. Every damn thing regarding Israel become “anti-semitism”, even the truth about the crime. The UN has called their control over the Palestinians an occupation, yet you cannot use it here in the US. This is sheer BS but because of that control, they are able to stifle the truth from being mentioned out there.

  5. Ossinev
    August 12, 2016, 8:22 am

    It doesn`t necessarily have to be a large poster on a bus. Why not DIY ticker tape paper messages (biodegradeable). Cheap and potentially gets the message across just as effectively.
    The ZIO brigade would have to hire thousands of untermenschen to try and eradicate the problem and would still fail.

  6. jaspeace2day
    August 12, 2016, 3:37 pm

    Love it! Love it! Love it! Rosa Parks would’ve loved it too and most certainly have wanted to take a ride on that bus!

    • Jon66
      August 12, 2016, 4:54 pm

      Jaspeace2day,

      Actually, Rosa Parks was a supporter of Israel and opposed the link of Zionism to racism.

      http://www.ibsi-now.org/assets/basic-reproduction-copy.pdf

      • Annie Robbins
        August 12, 2016, 8:18 pm

        gee i wonder who wrote that jon

        did you see this: http://www.blackforpalestine.com/1970-black-nyt-statement.html

      • Jon66
        August 12, 2016, 8:43 pm

        Annie,

        Jas referenced Rosa Parks. We don’t have to guess her position. She supported Israel. I don’t deny there are many African -Americans who oppose Israel. But Rosa Parks was not one. She was a signatory to the ad in support of Israel. It defies logic that she, “would’ve loved it too and most certainly have wanted to take a ride on that bus! – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/08/francisco-boycott-palestinians/#comment-171167

      • Annie Robbins
        August 12, 2016, 8:58 pm

        no it does not defy logic whatsoever. harry belafonte’s signature was also on that 1975 list and then whoops! https://newint.org/blog/2012/10/09/palestine-russell-tribunal-finished/

        parks died in 2005, lots of people have come around since then. she would have too.

      • eljay
        August 12, 2016, 9:05 pm

        || Jon66: … Jas referenced Rosa Parks. We don’t have to guess her position. She supported Israel. … She was a signatory to the ad in support of Israel. ||

        It’s unfortunate that Ms. Parks knowingly supported the immorality and injustice of Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine.

        Unless, of course, she unknowingly supported it, having been conned or indoctrinated into believe that Israel was a “moral beacon”, a “light unto the nations” and a “Western-style democracy”.

      • echinococcus
        August 13, 2016, 3:22 am

        I don’t think that a lot of people would argue that Rosa Parks was particularly knowledgeable in conditions in every part of the world, especially when all information was being funneled by the East Coast Zionists in the Civil Rights Movement.

        Many thanks to John66 for the list of fakes and bastards that are claiming our votes.

        I propose that we save and keep that list to check every name against it at election time (not only) and mobilize as much as humanly possible to beat them. Thanks again.

      • jaspeace2day
        August 15, 2016, 4:59 pm

        Zionism and weather Rosa Parks was or wasn’t a zionist is not relevant. Why she would have certainly wanted to ride the bus is to show support, as was her life mandate, against apartheid, segregation, inequality, brutality, war crimes, crimes against humanity and oppression.

  7. Jon66
    August 12, 2016, 9:23 pm

    annie,

    Here is anotheR account of Mr. Belafonte. It occurs about two years after yours and it seems he still has not “come around”.

    “After Belafonte spoke about his legacy of international solidarity and action for ending apartheid in South Africa, the event moderator posed the question: “How would you see the occupation of Palestine in relation to two things: Martin Luther King’s dream and the civil rights movement’s struggle and Mandela’s dream and vision for South Africa?
    The audience briefly stirred and waited as Belafonte paused to consider his response. Unfortunately, Belafonte then deflected the question, speaking for five-and-a-half minutes about the role of capitalism and unbridled wealth in pitting people against each other, the need to address class and race in the United States, the history of the Pilgrims and indigenous Americans, the resilience of Americans through genocide and slavery, the Dream Defenders—everything except Palestine, Israel and occupation.”
    http://postcardsfrompalestine.com/post/85060230379/mr-belafonte-will-you-speak-on-palestine

    Is it so hard to admit that there are well meaning people who are interested in justice and peace who support Israel? I’ll admit the opposite even if I disagree with them. Supporting Israel doesn’t mean that you think it’s flawless.

    • Annie Robbins
      August 12, 2016, 9:50 pm

      jon, please spare me your ‘so hard to admit yada yada’. we both know this isn’t about “well meaning people interested in justice” — it’s about of a famous icon’s signature from 40 friggin years ago to toot your horn — just like how the lobby tried to use martin with that fake quote. people know a lot more about palestine/israel now — for one thing. second, belafonte’s non answer is likely more about him getting skewered by the usual suspects and accused of racism for comparing the Bush administration to Nazi Germany and stating:

      “I can understand why Jewish leaders would be prone to protect the image of George Bush and his administration,” Belafonte told the Post, noting that the president supports Israel “even when there are questions of the humanitarian, the moral and the political [motivation] of things that are done to Palestinians.”

      http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/belafontes-retraction-remarks-jews-causes-new-flap

      so he probably wasn’t interested in having the hebrew hammer come down on his head again.

      • Jon66
        August 12, 2016, 10:35 pm

        Annie,

        OK I give up.

        Jas brings up Rosa Parks. Jas states a claim about Rosa Parks. I refute the claim by providing actual evidence. You say that it’s about me ‘tooting my horn’. I didn’t bring Mrs.Parks into the conversation, but I did think that if she was going to be invoked it should at least be based on some fact.

      • MHughes976
        August 13, 2016, 11:47 am

        I think she would have boarded that bus with mixed feelings.
        The letter, rather advertisement, that appeared in the NYT for November 23, 1975, is worth a read, maybe alongside Lenni Brenner’s essay on Zionism and the Civil Rights movement – the latter provides many details and has a ring of truth, though a very definite point of view. Both are troubling and saddening.
        The letter/manifesto has many well-known signatories, including Harry Belafonte, Andrew Young and Rosa Parks. It is no mere acceptance of Zionism but a essay in one-sided, effectively contemptuous rhetoric about Palestinian self-determination, subject-changing distraction and distinctly racist language – ‘Arab oil prices’, O mi God.
        I am sure that many of us who were around in 75 would regard much of what we said then and the tone we took then as best forgotten. But a manifesto in the NYT is a very public thing and you would have thought that as the 80s progressed and people became much more sensitised to the wider connotations of language that some of those signatories would (perhaps some did) have expressed regret or drawn back from what they had said then. Andrew Young had by then lost his UN job for an attempt to reach out to the PLO. Rosa Parks had throughout been working for John Conyers, then and to this day one of the most Israel-sceptic voices in Congress. She herself spoke in public a great deal but there seems to be no record of her ever returning, for good or ill, to the subject of Palestine in any emphatic way. The 1975 statement had been remarkably emphatic.
        Belafonte had tried to mediate on the subject of Palestine between MLK and Stokely Carmichael. There was an intense discussion at his house, according to Brenner, on April 15, 1967. Brenner rightly says that the degree of cooperation envisaged at that point would have added much legitimacy to SC’s anti-Z views but I think he does not give enough weight to the fact that things then went the other way and that MLK had by September 29, the date of his letter to Adolph Held, somewhat discreetly but very firmly lent Z his considerable moral authority, thus uncorking the Zionist spirits which were still intoxicating many of his friends and admirers in 75. The effects never quite seem to cease. Looking at the BDS website we see that Belafonte to this day has given no general endorsement to BDS, though he did support the campaign in 09 against the Toronto Film Festival link with Tel Aviv.
        It is entirely possible that Rosa Parks or MLK himself would have changed as things became clearer to many of us in the blinding light cast by the Iraq War. But the opposite counterfactual, that they would have converged more with majority opinion in their much older years, seems equally possible, I’m afraid. I think mixed feelings are likeliest.

      • Jon66
        August 13, 2016, 12:47 pm

        Hughes,

        As always you are a voice of reason. I don’t know how much value a 40 year old endorsement from Rosa Parks has. But if someone is going to use her name it should at least reflect her known views.

      • Mooser
        August 13, 2016, 12:50 pm

        “OK I give up.”

        “Jon 66” didn’t anybody ever tell you that Zionists pay good, hard cash money for social and moral ascendancy?
        And now this generation thinks they should get it for free?

        Oy Gevalt what a bunch of losers.

    • Marnie
      August 13, 2016, 12:20 am

      You shouldn’t be so eager to display your ignorance.

      There was a time when people believed, because the government told them so, that a simple “duck, and cover!” maneuver would save them from a nuclear blast; that lead was good for you and for that matter smoking cigarettes was healthy. Time proved all wrong. An interesting aside, these items were heavily endorsed by the government, like so many other dangerous beliefs.

      Your endless ‘but what about’ comments continue to be an utter failure because you’re defending something that is morally bankrupt.

    • Marnie
      August 13, 2016, 12:44 am

      “Is it so hard to admit that there are well meaning people who are interested in justice and peace who support Israel? I’ll admit the opposite even if I disagree with them. Supporting Israel doesn’t mean that you think it’s flawless.”

      If you really believed that ‘israel’ was so wonderful j66, you wouldn’t give a damn what anyone else thinks. You’d sleep great. No worries, right? I don’t think you’re a true believer anymore and it’s gnawing at you. Now you question yourself. Maybe you’ve questioned your friends and they tell you that you need to get away for a while, like all israelis who can afford it, get out of the country – go to the states, Europe, India or Thailand (a fav destination). You’ll feel better and will come back refreshed and happy to be back and away from all the gentiles and remember what you’re fighting for – Jewish supremacism and nationalism, the Jewish homeland – god gave it to us! Bad news though. Lots and lots and lots of people think the Jewish homeland is a hell-hole, an abomination, and are sick to death of what israelis do to their Palestinian neighbors. The veil has been lifted for the world to see, and it’s hideous. You know in your heart of hearts that everything that has been done in the creation and expansion of the zionist enterprise has been illegal, immoral and indefensible.

      There is no such thing as a liberal zionist and I think that’s what your MO has been. It doesn’t work. You claiming this is your heritage, your homeland, etc., defines you as a zionist which you know isn’t a good thing. So here and there you try to paint other people (Rosa Parks FFS) as one of you. Desperate times, desperate measures, eh?

      • Jon66
        August 13, 2016, 11:13 am

        Marnie,

        I support Israel, America, Denmark, Britain and dozens of others. I think they all have great and not great things about them. I think humans have flaws and human institutions have flaws. One aspect of “support” is trying to help improve these institutions. I just don’t see that many things in the stark contrasts you paint. There are some brights lines and if Israel or anyone crosses them they should be held responsible. I’m trying to make things better for those who come after us by reaching out and attempting to find the common ground we can build upon. Have a nice day.

      • eljay
        August 13, 2016, 4:59 pm

        || Jon66: … I support Israel, America, Denmark, Britain … ||

        You support the existence of only one of those states as a religion-supremacist state…and it’s not America, Denmark or Britain.

      • Blownaway
        August 13, 2016, 7:26 pm

        @j66 that is so reasonable of you to search for common ground even if it seems as if your just an apologist for Israel. I’ve read your many posts seeking instances of calling Israel out for crossing red lines a criticism perhaps? But not all I see is justification for Israels excess of killing land theft and sundry violations of international law. Maybe if you had one critical post it would be slightly more believable

  8. BDSlist
    August 12, 2016, 11:08 pm

    Fantastic campaign! And I think it’s good it’s done in San Francisco where progressive types are receptive to messages about justice.
    I only wish BDS was big on the side of the busses and advertised more widely. There’s still painfully small recognition of the movement among the wider population.

  9. Nevada Ned
    August 14, 2016, 9:30 pm

    CORRRECTION:
    In the original article, the New York governor who signed the recent anti-BDS bill is Andrew Cuomo, not Mario Cuomo.

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