Photo Credit: courtesy, StandWithUs
StandWithUs 'Dare to Dream' billboard in Tel Aviv

The pro-Israeli organization ‘StandWithUs’ is placing a billboard intended to counter a vicious anti-Israel campaign being carried out by the ‘Breaking The Silence’ NGO, beginning May 15 and running for a week. (Breaking the Silence are a small group of disgruntled soldiers who regularly appear at international forums to defame Israel and Israeli soldiers.)

The SWU billboard will tower over the Ayalon highway in Tel Aviv.


The billboard placed by ‘Breaking the Silence’ is using the incoming influx of tourists arriving for this week’s 2019 Eurovision Song Contest to promote their tours aimed at persuading participants to support the international Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

The ‘Breaking The Silence’ billboard contrasts an image of Tel Aviv with one of the anti-terror security barrier.

The billboard placed by StandWithUs, in response, says, ‘Dare to Dream of Peace, Security and Coexistence – Join our Tours – See the Full Picture.” It sends people to a website where they can choose from a selection of tours.

“We have never, and we will never, leave the playing field to those who tell lies about Israel,” said StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein. “‘Breaking the Silence’ has been widely discredited for misleading people, and we don’t want tourists to fall for their deception.”

“Breaking the Silence is making a desperate and cynical attempt to divert from the positive celebration of Eurovision being hosted in Israel in order to defame the Jewish State,” added StandWithUs Israel executive director Michael Dickson. “The truth is that there is no silence to break.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.