Article first published as Israel Hatred Doesn’t Slumber In Seattle on Technorati.
According to a Seattle newspaper, a group named the “Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign” has paid $1,794 for a dozen buses to carry a poster reading “"Israeli War Crimes - Your Tax Dollars at Work."
Although the campaign begins on Monday December 27 - the two-year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead - Ed Mast, a spokesperson for the SMAC, insists that it is an anti-Israel message, but one designed to generate discussion and awareness.
He said: "I wouldn't say it's an anti-Israel message … we would like Israel to stop violating human rights. We would like Israel to give equal rights to its Palestinian citizens and its Palestinian subjects who live under occupation”.
But a ‘dismayed’ Hilary Bernstein, Community Director at the Pacific Northwest office of the Anti-Defamation League says the campaign is grotesquely one-sided.
"Citizens young and old will be seeing this sort of propaganda, this very one-sided distortion. It's unfortunate," she said.
But the row looks certain to continue as a spokeswoman for the local transport authority says that while the campaign may offend some people, the poster does not contravene any advertising standards and will be allowed to go ahead.