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‘Disappearing Palestine’ ads come to Vancouver public transit

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(Photo: Noor Kesbeh, Palestine Awareness Coalition)

From a Palestine Awareness Coalition press release:

The realities of Palestinian land loss are on display in Vancouver, as a new series of transit ads has been posted at the Vancouver City Centre SkyTrain station and on 15 TransLink buses, on August 27, 2013. The ads, created by the Palestine Awareness Coalition, made up of seven Vancouver-area peace and justice groups, depict the “disappearance” of Palestine due to Israeli occupation over the past 66 years.

“The goal of the advertising campaign is to make the Canadian public aware of Israel’s steady absorption of Palestinian territory from 1946 to the present day and the constant oppression that accompanies that occupation,” said Martha Roth of Independent Jewish Voices, one of the groups in the coalition.

The advertisements, which have rolled out on buses around Vancouver and on a large wall mural at City Centre, feature a simple design that has been used in billboard and transit advertising in Westchester County, NY, Portland, Seattle and other places in the United States and throughout the world in similar advertising campaigns. They feature four maps (1946, 1947, 1967 and 2013) which show Palestinian land loss due to occupation over time. “The progression is breathtaking: one sees the Palestinian territory shrinking to a few patches of green on the greater map of Israel,” said Roth.

The groups involved in the coalition are Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign (BIAC), Building Bridges Vancouver (BBV), Canada-Palestine Solidarity Network (CanPalNet), Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), Necef Sabeel (Near-East Cultural and Educational Foundation), Seriously Free Speech and Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights at the University of British Columbia (SPHR-UBC).

The Coalition is currently fundraising to extend the run of the ads. You can learn more on its website here.

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  1. just
    August 28, 2013, 4:16 pm

    Thank you Palestine Awareness Coalition! Great visual ad– that always packs a punch. One doesn’t even need to read any language to “get it”.

    Simply elegant.

  2. LanceThruster
    August 28, 2013, 4:31 pm

    Since the mid-1970s, there’s been an international consensus for resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict. […] It’s called a two-state settlement, and a two-state settlement is pretty straightforward, uncomplicated. Israel has to fully withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza and Jerusalem, in accordance with the fundamental principle of international law, […] that it’s inadmissible to acquire territory by war. The West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, having been acquired by war, it’s inadmissible for Israel to keep them. They have to be returned. On the Palestinian side and also the side of the neighboring Arab states, they have to recognize Israel’s right to live in peace and security with its neighbors. That was the quid pro quo: recognition of Israel, Palestinian right to self-determination in the West Bank and Gaza with its capital in Jerusalem. That’s the international consensus. It’s not complicated. It’s also not controversial. ~ Norman Finkelstein

  3. jon s
    jon s
    August 28, 2013, 4:46 pm

    The maps in the poster are false and misleading.
    In the first (“1946”) map, the impression is that the yellow is Jewish-owned land and the green Palestinian-owned. Where is state land? Conveniently, it’s included in the green, in order to convey the impression that the Palestinians lost it.
    The second map, of the UN partition plan, ignores the planned internationalization of Jerusalem.
    The third map (“1949-1967”) ignores the reality of those years, when Gaza and the West Bank were under Egyptian and Jordanian rule, respectively. It creates the misleading impression that there was a Palestinian state.

    • Kris
      July 14, 2015, 4:36 pm

      @jon s: “Where is state land? Conveniently, it’s included in the green, in order to convey the impression that the Palestinians lost it.”

      “State land?” Could you explain what you mean? Thanks.

      @ jon s: “It creates the misleading impression that there was a Palestinian state.”

      Didn’t that land belong to the Palestinians?

  4. DICKERSON3870
    August 28, 2013, 6:50 pm

    RE: “The Coalition is currently fundraising to extend the run of the ads. You can learn more on its website here.”

    MY COMMENT: I made a donation (to Sabeel via CanadaHelps) using Paypal. It allowed me to specify that the donation was for this ad campaign.

  5. James Canning
    James Canning
    August 28, 2013, 7:34 pm

    Great ads. They should appear on buses all over Canada and the US.

  6. gingershot
    August 28, 2013, 8:50 pm

    I love this sequential map…

    It’s just the anti-thesis of the whole Zionist Lie

  7. Citizen
    August 29, 2013, 6:01 am

    Wouldn’t it be great if a mainstream tv news show put up this 4 sequence map?

  8. mondonut
    August 29, 2013, 12:13 pm

    I wonder what the ad would look like if each of the 4 panels had their falsehoods corrected?

    • Kris
      July 14, 2015, 4:38 pm

      It would be helpful if you’d explain what you mean, using specific examples. Thanks.

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