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Anti-Israel Billboard Under Johannesburg Court Review

A local ad company removed one of BDS’s billboards in Johannesburg.
BDS billboard in South Africa.

BDS billboard in South Africa.

A Johannesburg High Court has been asked by Boycott Divestment and Sanctions SA (BDS), a pro-Palestinian pressure group, to declare the removal of its anti-Israel billboard unlawful and unconstitutional, IOL News reported Sunday.

An ad company named Continental Outdoor Media removed one of BDS’s billboards in Johannesburg. The billboard, according to BDS, stated facts on the plight of the Palestinians.

BDS claims that COM infringed on its right to freedom of expression.

In papers filed at the Johannesburg High Court, BDS says its campaign was intended to draw attention and public support to ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, and the billboards explains “the Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands”.

BDS commissioned the billboards from Sweetworks Advertising Agency in Johannesburg last year.

COM said the billboards broke City by-laws on prohibited outdoor advertising, because they were “indecent or suggestive of indecency, prejudicial to public morals, or insensitive to the public or any portion thereof or to any religious or cultural group.”

COM also said the advertisement broke some of the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) codes and the lease agreement between the company and BDS SA.

BDS put up seven of the 12 Palestine solidarity billboards last year and only one was contracted to Continental Outdoor Media.

The other six hired out through other advertising companies still remain, according to BDS.

BDS SA’s Muhammed Desai said they had served their papers on Continental Outdoor Media this week. At its Mangaung conference in December, the African National Congress, South Africa governing party, endorsed the Palestinian BDS campaign.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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8 Responses to “Anti-Israel Billboard Under Johannesburg Court Review”

  1. where is the freedom of speech

  2. Alan Kardon says:

    Why does this land belong to Palestine's terrorist group?

  3. Eran Spiro says:

    Just a simple question if I may ? Why didn't the Palestinians claimed their land from their Turkish/Muslims brothers who ruled it for 700 years ?

  4. Eran Spiro says:

    Just a simple question if I may ? Why didn't the Palestinians claimed their land from their Turkish/Muslims brothers who ruled it for 700 years ?

  5. BashaKline says:

    Forgive me if I am wrong, but didn’t the Israelis just go to Johannesburg to assist in the bloody seige of the shopping mall? – There are some people who should clean up their own backside before sniffing around someone else’s looking for schmutz!

  6. BashaKline says:

    Right, it was the wrong place – Westgate Kenya – well my sentiments still stand…

  7. well if the palestinians would go home to their own native land, instead of invading other people's land across the world then maybe their land would not shrink, as there is nobody left to care for their land.

  8. PA should stay in their own land!

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