Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Condemns Ads Slated for TransLink, Vancouver

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal: 26 Aug 2013 TORONTO, ONTARIO

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center is deeply disturbed to learn about TransLink’s agreement to run historically distorted anti-Israel advertisements on its buses and SkyTrain stations.

The four-part advertisement falsely depicts a map of “Palestine” overtaken by the modern state of Israel. In truth, an official state of Palestine had never existed, while Jewish contiguous presence on the land is a record of fact.

“While Israel and the Palestinian Authority are currently engaged in peace negotiations to resolve their differences and reach a two-state solution, TransLink will be running ads that are provocative and incite hatred and contempt,” said Avi Benlolo, FSWC President & CEO.

The sponsoring groups for the ad openly seek the destruction of the State of Israel by calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against the nation.

“By running this ad, TransLink is aiding and abetting groups that are malicious and questionable, while countering its own mission statement of inclusivity,” Benlolo said.

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center is a non-profit human rights organization committed to countering racism and anti-semitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and education.

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