Obama at 125th Street
The ad wars on Metro North, the commuter line that pumps the elite into and out of Manhattan, continue. StandWithUs is an Israel lobby group. This ad was up at Harlem-125th Street station this morning. It features Yityish Aynaw, an Ethiopian-born Israeli who served in the Israeli army and became Miss Israel 2013.
For background: Here was an ad last year showing the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Here was another earlier this spring slamming apartheid in Israel.
For more background: Here is David Sheen’s documentation of anti-African racism in Israel. He introduces it thus:
I have been carefully chronicling the racist attacks against non-Jewish African asylum-seekers in Israel for several years. In January 2012, an organization in Israel that aids African asylum-seekers, the African Refugee Development Center, asked me to author on their behalf a report to the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). After receiving the report in text and video form, the UN committee urged the Israeli government to prevent racist attacks against Africans in Israel. The Israeli government ignored the UN’s call, and the following month, Israelis firebombed a kindergarten for African children in Tel Aviv, igniting a wave of violence against non-Jewish African people in Israel that is still ongoing. Below are links to the UN reports, in text and video form, social media stories about the recent violence, footage from two years of anti-African rallies, and extended one-on-one interviews about opposition to the presence of Africans in Israel.