They say a picture is worth a thousand words. What about four pictures- graphic images depicting “Disappearing Palestine” and placed strategically on the Vancouver transit system? We think they are worth a lot. We hope you do too. This fall they will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people in Metro Vancouver.
The Seriously Free Speech Committee along with Independent Jewish Voices, CanPalNet, Building Bridges Vancouver, Necef Sabeel Canada, Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign and Solidarity for Palestine Human Rights, UBC have come together and formed the Palestine Awareness Coalition- palestineawarenesscoalition.wordpress.com– to raise the funds to buy space for the above ad in several formats at Sky Train stations and on the sides of buses in Vancouver and environs. They will be up for a month.
Advertising space is not cheap. The basic cost is around $15,000. Of course, if we get more we can run the campaign longer and buy more space. Given the enormous resources that pro-Israel forces spend and get as ‘goodwill’ in the media, no matter how much money you contribute we will be outspent. However, this is a first step and one that we think will have an impact. It will help break the denial of free speech to Palestinians. The very rarity of a graphic depiction of what has happened to Palestine and the Palestinians since 1946 will make these images powerful presence. Similar campaigns in American cities have proven that it is an effective way of reaching the general public and validating the beliefs of those that support Palestinian rights.
How can you support this campaign? You can give money to the campaign and you can tell your friends about it and ask them to support it. Here’s how- If you want a tax receipt you can donate on line to coalition member Necef Sabeel Canada through CanadaHelps.org. You need to select the fund designation- “Palestine Ad Campaign” and there is a 3% service charge. You can also send a cheque marked Palestine Ad Campaign to Necef Sabeel Canada- PO Box 3067, Station La Pierre, Lasalle, QC, H8N 3H2. If a tax receipt is not an issue, you can send a cheque to us made out to Seriously Free Speech Committee, mark it Palestine Ad Campaign and send it to PO Box 57112, RPO East Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5K 1Z0 or donate by PayPal at our Web Site- http://seriouslyfreespeech.ca/0verview/donate Please help us make this campaign as visible and effective as possible.