Boston’s transportation authority (MBTA) last week approved a subway ads campaign by the NGO Ads Against Apartheid that challenges Israel’s commitment to peace.
“Does Israel want peace… or land?” the ads ask, calling on the US to end its support of “Israeli apartheid.”
One of the ads claims Israel has demolished over 25,000 Palestinian homes since 1967, while another features the 150 Jewish settlements built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
A third ad displays statistics about the level of violence it says the IDF perpetrates: “Israel has killed 1 Palestinian child every 4 days since 2000.”
“The ads simply state the facts and are backed up with citations from credible human rights and international organizations, including the United Nations,” said Chadi Salamoun, the president of Ads Against Apartheid, who added that “if the ads are shocking, that’s because the reality on the ground is shocking.”
Richard Colbath-Hess, a Jewish-American faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, and the co-founder of Ads Against Apartheid, noted that “American tax dollars help the Israeli government maintain an incredibly brutal military occupation, which has denied the Palestinian people their basic rights for decades. These ads show what Israel’s occupation and apartheid really look like, and it is important for Americans to see that.”
The NGO plans to expand its campaign both in Boston and in other cities across the US, and promised to introduce more ads.