New billboard campaign raises awareness about child prisoners held by Israel


Palestine Advocacy Project’s latest billboard ad campaign intends to raise awareness about Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian activist who now faces up to 10 years in Israel’s military prison over an altercation with Israeli soldiers. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called for Ahed’s immediate release.

On December 19 at 3AM, the Israeli military raided and ransacked Ahed’s home, arresting her along with her mother and cousin, and charged Ahed with 12 criminal counts, including assault and incitement.

During a protest, Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin was shot in the head at close range by an Israeli soldier. Israeli soldiers then invaded the Tamimi family’s home and threatened the entire family.

Ahed demanded the soldiers leave . After they refused, the unarmed Ahed slapped one of the heavily armed soldiers. It is clear from a video that later went viral, Ahed posed no actual threat to these soldiers.

The first billboard compares the apartheid regime in Israel with the former apartheid regime in South Africa. ​The text strikes through the name of Nelson Mandela and instead proposes Ahed Tamimi just below. Both Nelson Mandela (imprisoned for 27 years by South Africa’s apartheid government) and Ahed symbolize courageous resistance to a repressive government and apartheid systems. Ahed, who spent her 17th birthday in military prison, was arrested without charge and can be held up to 6 month with no due process rights, like so many other Palestinians. When she does go to trial, she will be in a court that has a 99.74% percent conviction rate for Palestinians. Israel’s settlers operate with virtual impunity in the Occupied West Bank.

Mona Abdo an activist with the Palestine Advocacy Project said, “Like Nelson Mandela for South Africa during apartheid, Ahed Tamimi has become a symbol of Palestine’s 50 years of resistance to Israeli’s brutal occupation and apartheid system. The world called for the release of Nelson Mandela then, and now we must call for the release of Ahed Tamimi and the 350 other child prisoners held in Israel’s military prisons.”

The second billboard picks up the focus on freeing the child prisoners in Israeli military prisons. ​According to Defense for Children International-Palestine, “Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes an estimated 500 to 700 children each year in military courts lacking fundamental fair trial rights”. Additionally, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that ill treatment in the Israeli military detention system remains “widespread, systematic, and institutionalized throughout the process.”

Billboard in Stratford, CT focuses on child prisoners in Israeli military prisons. (Photo: Palestine Advocacy Project)

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Palestine Advocacy Project is an all-volunteer organization that creates public media and education campaigns that expose Americans to the Palestinian struggle and advocate for an end to Israeli human rights abuses.

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20 Responses

  1. festus
    March 8, 2018, 1:47 pm

    How long before this comes down?

    • RoHa
      March 8, 2018, 10:00 pm

      My first thought, too.

    • Kathleen
      March 11, 2018, 11:40 am

      If they come down looks like you can bet they will go back up somewhere else. If they come down another confirmation of the methods to silence used by Israel and the I lobby More and more are taking notice

      • niass2
        March 12, 2018, 10:57 pm

        they don’t care and no they won’t notice. I wish it weren’t the case. Does this advocacy project answer emails and phone calls? Doubt it. Would they accept support from ordinary citizens? No way to know no one will tell anyone. Its Annie’s secret. No wonder the Palestinians are screwed their supporters wont even read their emails from potential supporters funders and allies. Is this a joke or am I dreaming. Are you noticing it or your just here for the ride????? Annie as Garcia says and I asked you before CAN YOU ANSWER YES I CAN BUT WHAT WOULD BE THE ANSWER TO THE ANSWER MAN. The answer is you might start by responding to your emails and phone calls, a movement of Mimes is cool but in the long run its not going to accomplish anything.

      • Mooser
        March 13, 2018, 1:10 pm

        Shorter “niass”: ‘I think there might be a mistake in the link. Here is the Palestine Advocacy Project website Info and contact.

  2. LHunter
    March 8, 2018, 6:06 pm

    Love it

  3. JosephA
    March 9, 2018, 12:24 am

    Wonderful billboard, I am just sad that it has a reason to exist.

  4. Paranam Kid
    March 9, 2018, 8:54 am

    To Palestine Advocacy Project: excellent to draw the parallel with former apartheid South Africa, keep doing that over & over & over again.

    In addition, along the same lines you keep drawing the parallel with former Nazi Germany.

    People have to realise that the racist polity and the regime are no better than those 2 historic racist regimes; in fact, Israel has fine-tuned, tweaked what those 2 countries did. No, there are no gas chambers, but Israel is slowly choking the Palestinians to death. It is a slow, incremental genocide, a Slowocaust as someone once described it aptly.

  5. Misterioso
    March 9, 2018, 2:49 pm

    Speaking of “child prisoners” under Zionism’s boot:

    Video: ‘Stone Cold Justice’ on Israel’s torture of Palestinian children

    “A film produced by a group of Australian journalists has sparked an international outcry against Israel after it explicitly detailed Tel Aviv’s use of torture against Palestinian children.”

    “The film, titled ‘Stone Cold Justice’ documents how Palestinian children, who have been arrested and detained by Israeli forces, are subjected to physical abuse, torture and forced into false confessions and pushed into gathering intelligence on Palestinian activists. Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop has spoken out against Israeli’s use of torture stating that ‘I am deeply concerned by allegations of the mistreatment of Palestinian children,’ Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor has described the human rights abuses documented in the film as ‘intolerable.’ But rights groups have slammed this statement, saying that the Israelis are doing nothing to change Tel Aviv’s policy to torture Palestinian children.

    “Last year a report by the United Nations International Emergency Children’s Fund or UNICEF concluded that Palestinian children are often targeted in night arrests and raids of their homes, threatened with death and subjected to physical violence, solitary confinement and sexual assault. The film Stone Cold Justice has sparked an international outcry about Israel’s treatment of children in Israeli jails. However, rights groups have criticized Tel Aviv for not doing anything to create a policy that protects Palestinian children against arbitrary arrest and torture.”

    Precarious Childhood: Arrests of Jerusalemite Children
    This film addresses the process of arrest, interrogation, and the policy of house arrest and their effects on children. The film provides accounts of children who were arrested in order to highlight a larger policy of persecution and targeting of Palestinian children in Jerusalem.

    Re: The Gaza Strip, the world’s largest outdoor prison:

    • Mayhem
      March 11, 2018, 8:35 am

      The segment ‘Stone Cold Justice’ has been discredited in an article by one of our leading journalists in our major newspaper ‘The Australian’ titled Evil and deeply untrue

      “… the Four Corners program was a disgrace, a crude piece of anti-Israel propaganda that revived some of the oldest anti-Semitic tropes. In the year 2014, are we really going to allege again, on the basis of the flimsiest non-evidence you could imagine, that Jewish soldiers systematically physically crucify innocent children? Is there a school of anti-Semitism 101 operating out there? Do you not think that before you would air an allegation like that, if you had any real sense of editorial responsibility, you would be 100 per cent sure that it was true; you would track down the people alleged to have done it and get their testimony? …. The whole program was full of uncorroborated and intensely unlikely allegations.”

      • Emory Riddle
        March 11, 2018, 10:14 am

        Typical hasbara. Filled with name calling “..a crude piece of anti-Israel propaganda that revived some of the oldest anti-Semitic tropes.., of anti-Semitism 101 operating out there..” and broad assertions “The whole program was full of uncorroborated and intensely unlikely allegations.” What is missing, of course, are any details. Show us some of these “uncorroborated and intensely unlikely allegations.”

        By the way, wtf is intensely unlikely? Extremely unlikely I have heard of.

      • oldgeezer
        March 11, 2018, 1:43 pm


        I agree totally. I couldn’t see the full text of the article he posted but it wasn’t even an actual refutation from what I could see. It state a point by point refutation existed at

        So far from what I’ve read there isn’t but I may find it yet. There are the typical denials and broadbrush praise for Israel.

        The funniest one I’ve come across yet was a compaint (again in typical hasbara fashion) why didn’t the investigation mention the wonderful progress Israel is making in working with and implementing UNICEF recommendations. Why didn’t they mention cherry tomatoes!

        Well it could be because that claim is a fraud and very little progress has been made and UNICEF has noted and reported that fact.

        Israel is a fraud. Zionism is a fraud. All they have to defend that hellhole is more fraud.

      • oldgeezer
        March 11, 2018, 1:44 pm


        As a ps… looks more like a hate site given the articles, tone and tenor of the headlines and articles.

      • Mooser
        March 11, 2018, 1:48 pm

        “Mayhem”, your faith in the world’s philo-Semitism is touching.

      • niass2
        March 12, 2018, 11:00 pm

        I bet they answer their email, howevah. That is evil and is true, sad, yet true. I have the email receipts to prove Mondoweiss is gonzo.

    • Kathleen
      March 11, 2018, 11:38 am


      • Emory Riddle
        March 12, 2018, 8:21 am

        Odd how these people filled with hate and resentment run around calling everyone else haters.

  6. Qualtrough
    March 11, 2018, 3:35 am

    Absolutely brilliant! Like others here, I can’t see this staying up for very long. Kudos to Barrett for even putting it up in the first place

  7. Kathleen
    March 11, 2018, 11:39 am

    Impressive billboard campaign.

  8. Kay24
    March 12, 2018, 8:55 pm

    Is it still up there? How about seeing more around the country? Educating Americans is one step towards getting the truth out to people who mostly live in ignorance.

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