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Vancouver Jews Fight Back

This is the first time StandWithUs has posted ads in Canada.
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The pro-Israel education groups StandWithUs has responded to anti-Israel advertising on Vancouver’s public transit system with new ads stressing both the Jewish loss of land from biblical times to the present and Israeli-Canadian shared values, the Canadian Jewish News reports.

StandWithUs (SWU) is placing posters in ten TransLink stations to counter the misinformation of anti-Israel posters currently at these sites and on buses in Vancouver. The StandWithUs ads have been running beginning this week, until November 14, 2013.

“The anti-Israel ads distort facts. We have already encountered these particular ‘map’ ads in the U.S. They presume there once was an Arab country called ‘Palestine’ when in fact no such country ever existed prior to the one being considered today. Conversely, there has been a continuous Jewish presence in the land of Israel for 3 millenia, and the League of Nations recognized the Jews’ historical connection to the land which is why it carved out the Palestine Mandate as the Jewish homeland,” explained Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs.

StandWithUs, the international Israel education organization, opened its first Canadian chapter in Toronto in 2012, with community leader Meryle Kates as executive director. Though StandWithUs has countered anti-Israel transit ads in the U.S. since 2007, this is the first time the organization has posted ads in Canada.

StandWithUs will display two different posters. One depicts Jewish loss of land from Biblical times to the present by juxtaposing a map of the ancient Jewish kingdom circa 1000 BCE, a map of the land designated as the Jewish homeland by the League of Nations in 1920, and a map of the much smaller Israel of today. The second ad, with pictures of Israeli and Canadian children waving their national flags, celebrates the shared values and freedom both countries enjoy.

They will run on the Canada Line – Waterfront, Vancouver City Station, and Yaletown and on the SkyTrain – Commercial Station.

The SWU ads will counter the map posters sponsored by the Palestine Awareness Coalition (PAC) which depict a “disappearing Palestine,” with Israel appearing to expand into the West Bank.

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In reality, it is the Jewish state that has steadily gotten smaller. It reached its largest extent during the reigns of Kings David and Solomon when it stretched into Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. In 1920, the League of Nations designated present-day Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, and the Golan Heights as the Jewish homeland. But over the decades, Israel shrank to its present size and is only 9 miles wide at its narrowest point and 290 miles long.

“As usual, the anti-Israel ad campaign tries to undermine North American support for Israel by misrepresenting its history. Now the campaigners have moved to Canada in an effort to erode Canada’s strong support for the Jewish state. Many community members have been frustrated with the anti-Israel rhetoric on campuses and in the community and requested that we respond. The StandWithUs posters balance the propaganda with the facts. They also remind Canadians of the shared values and many benefits of Canada’s steadfast alliance with Israel. “I am proud to be with StandWithUs, an organization working to correct misrepresentations about Israel with the facts,” commented Meryle Kates, StandWithUs Canada executive director.

The anti-Israel billboard campaigns began in the U.S. and for the past six years, StandWithUs has countered each one. SWU ran ads several times in San Francisco and New York City; Houston, Texas; Missoula, and Helena, Montana; Washington, DC; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Chicago, Denver, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

“StandWithUs will not allow anti-Israel campaigns to go unanswered, no matter where they appear. Our goal is to set the record straight, and to inform the public about Israel’s challenges and extraordinary achievements in helping make the world a better place,” concluded Rothstein.

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9 Responses to “Vancouver Jews Fight Back”

  1. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

    There never has been & never will be a "Palestine" The Arabs trying to destroy Israel were Jordanians before Israel re-formed as a nation in 1948……

  2. Well said Earl. Let's not forget shall we about the more than 900,000 Jews who were expelled from Arab countries between 1920 and 1970 whose homes were burned to the ground – where's that discussed EVER !!?? Where's THEIR right of return ???? Why does no one ever talk about the 700,000 Arabs that fled Israel because they were ORDERED to by surrounding Arab countries who were certain they were going to annihilate Israel hmmmmm???? Where's that discussed anywhere?? And now there are some 5,000,000 so called "Palestinian refugees" demanding a right to return and their only mandate is to destroy Israel. And yet ……. people continue to vilify the Jewish people. Don't get it – simply do not get it.

  3. Pamela Geller brought those ads to the attention of the audience at a recent event in Toronto. SO glad the ads are being challenged! Well done!!

  4. British empire and France are the guilty of the repartition in 1948, they forgot what the League of Nations designated a jewish state and after WW II.

  5. Miriam Goodman says:

    KOL HAKAVOD!

  6. this is with thanks to Pamela Geller who, in North America courageously counters Islamic jihad against the Jewish people and the state of Israel; Her website is Atlas Shrugs

  7. David Fischman says:

    Creating distorted propoganda of our own is not the answer. It only makes us more like them. The presence of a minyan of Jews for 2000 years to does determine where borders should be nor does it justify governing people who don't want you governing them. It is about the modern right of every nation to self-determination within secure and recognized boundries, not about who was there first.

  8. Well stated Patricia. These are questions that have to be brought forward. Why this ridiculous double standard applied to Israel and the Jewish people? People are entitled to differing opinions, but one is not entitled to change historical facts as these revisionists have done. David you have missed the point. There never has been a Palestinian state or people. Jordan is the current "Palestinian" state. Peace is based on justice, justice is based on truth and truth is based on facts. We must be vigilant.

  9. This the same type of hate of Israel consumed by 'the queers against Israel apartheid' banners by Gays in Toronto's Gay pride Parade. But when one of there leaders is put in prison by the Egyptian government. They did not take the streets with anti Egyptian banners. But only asked that he be brought back to Canada. Hypocrisy Gay community style !

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