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Banned from Boston transit stations, pro-Palestine group drives mobile billboard in city streets


Palestine Advocacy Project (PalAd), a Cambridge-based non-profit supporting Palestinian human rights, has unveiled a high-profile, over-sized mobile billboard trailer to protest the 50th anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories.

PalAd received widespread attention in Boston following ad campaigns it ran on Massachusetts Bay Transportion Authority (MBTA) trains and stations protesting U.S. military aid to Israel beginning in 2014. The MBTA, bowing to pressure by pro-Israel groups, responded with censorship, banning the organization’s ads that year. The ACLU stepped in and convinced the MBTA to reinstate PalAd’s advertisements, but finally, in November 2015, the MBTA once again bowed to pro-Israel groups, removing the ads and prohibiting all ads concerning “economic, political, moral, religious, or social issues.” PalAd, with direct assistance from the ACLU, is currently working to resume MBTA advertising.

In response to the MBTA’s actions, PalAd developed the new billboard trailer, featuring enormous photographs of imprisoned Palestinian children and the simple message: “Stolen Generations:  After 50 years of occupation, Palestinians should be free.”

Palestine Advocacy Project (PalAd) mobile billboard to protest the 50th anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The billboard will be seen in downtown Boston, Back Bay, Central Square, and other high visibility locations throughout the spring and summer. It will highlight the June 5, 2017 50-year anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, along with the ongoing siege/blockade of Gaza.

During that half century, the United States has helped bankroll the occupation with over $230 billion in military aid, enabling Israel to engage in wholesale Palestinian home demolitions, indefinite detentions of Palestinian civilians, and systematic land expropriation. For more statistics visit Pal Ad’s Fifty Years of Israeli Military Occupation.

Palestine Advocacy Project has spent the past three years challenging the U.S.’s relationship with Israel through media campaigns and public outreach, countering the pro-Israel lobby’s frequently racist, Islamophobic stereotypes of Palestinians.

According to PalAd Board Member Richard Colbath-Hess, “Fifty years of illegal military occupation using American tax dollars is enough. We are tired of watching the Israel Lobby and its well-funded groups intimidate and smear anyone who dares question this brutal occupation. With this billboard trailer, we won’t be silenced so easily.”

For more information on PalAd, visit or email [email protected]

Palestine Advocacy Project

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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7 Responses

  1. just on June 1, 2017, 4:02 pm

    Simply stunning. Thank you, Palestine Advocacy Project~ I wish you all the best.

    Lucky Boston.

  2. lyn117 on June 1, 2017, 6:30 pm

    prohibiting all ads concerning “economic, political, moral, religious, or social issues.”

    That covers pretty much all ads

  3. JosephA on June 2, 2017, 12:52 am

    Thanks very much for this article!

  4. Citizen on June 2, 2017, 5:30 am

    Excellent project! Thanks for information.

  5. festus on June 2, 2017, 7:31 am

    Seems those who proclaim Israel to be “The only democracy in the Middle East” aren’t real fans of free speech. Who’d a thunk it?

  6. John Douglas on June 2, 2017, 9:16 am

    Banned in Boston!! It would be a sad day if the Supreme Court allowed the banning of political speech from a quasi-public, city owned area. Then again, there are the “free speech zones” surrounding political campaigns.

  7. genesto on July 27, 2017, 1:12 pm

    Nice to see my old home town of Boston doing something racially positive for a change. Kudos!

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