Pro-Israel Group Responds To MTA Palestinian Ads

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One of four pro-Israel billboards that will be at Metro-North stations in Westchester beginning on Monday. Photo Credit: StandWithUs
One of four pro-Israel billboards that will be at Metro-North stations in Westchester beginning Monday. Photo Credit: StandWithUs
The pro-Palestinian billboard at the Chappaqua train station drew passionate responses. Photo Credit: Brian Marschhauser

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – A battle of train station billboards is brewing in Westchester.

A pro-Israel group plans to respond to a pro-Palestinian billboard posted at Westchester Metro-North train stations last week. The billboard, titled "Palestinian Loss of Land – 1946 to 2010," met criticism from elected officials and commuters for being “anti-Israel.”

Beginning Monday, the California-based non-profit StandWithUs will place six ads in Metro-North railway stations in Chappaqua, Mount Kisco and White Plains, according to a news release. The ads aim to highlight the historical Jewish connection to the land of Israel, and how Israel has had a positive impact on the world.

“We cannot allow the public to be misled by the factual distortions in yet another anti-Israel campaign,” Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, said in a statement. “We are committed to countering anti-Israel campaigns whenever they appear.”

The pro-Palestinian billboards featured four maps of Palestine/Israel from 1946 through 2010 and appeared to showcase the expansion of Israel at the expense of the Palestinians. Supporters of the billboard said it was simply showing facts, which Rothstein said is not true.

“The anti-Israel ads are a shocking distortion of history,” he said. “The message presumes there once was an Arab Palestine, when in fact no such country ever existed. As two of our billboards point out, this region has been recognized as the Jewish homeland for over 3,000 years.”

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lomake:

There was never any country named "Palestine", so the 1946 map the Pro-Fakestinians base their "argument" on is meaningless to begin with. What there was in1946 was unassigned territory formerly belonging to the defeated Ottoman empire, which the UN had set aside for a Jewish homeland by broad-based international agreement.

The Jews never renounced their claim to Israel after they were driven out of Jerusalem by the Romans in ca. AD 71. For 2,000 years, the Jews of the Diaspora welcomed the Holidays with the toast, "Next year in Jerusalem!"

The Jews have had a continuous presence in the land of Israel for more than 3 000 years. Surrounding the word "facts" with quotes as the first commenter does, doesn't make them any less real.

It is not only custom, but international law that land belongs to the victor who has been attacked. The Arabs were unwilling to share any land with the Jews at all, and attacked them immediately after Israel declared statehood in 1948, with the intent of genocide, as they openly stated themselves. They lost, and thereby forfeited any remaining right they may have had to any of the land of Israel.

"Palestine" is an artificial state invented by Nasser and Arafat after the Arabs lost yet another war of attempted genocide in 1967. "Palestine" exists for the sole purpose of discrediting and destroying Israel. The Arab goal has never been about land, "justice", or any of the other pretexts they use to extort pity from naive Western leftists. The Arab goal has always been, and will always be, to kill Jews and wipe Israel from the face of the earth.

elguary:

In order to evaluate the credibility of the ads, there's no need to argue about "facts" from 3,000 years ago; we only need to compare the 1967 and 2010 maps. Is anybody willing to deny what those two maps aim to illustrate? The phrase "occupied territories" is not a euphemism.

The TRUTH:

It has been customary for centuries that land taken in war becomes the victors especially when the losers were the one's who started the war. If the Arabs did not start the 1948 war the Palestinians would have a country today and Israel's territory would be less. This is the punishment for aggression.

redrobinyumm:

Did the Arabs lose the wars they started and did Israel rightfully win that land in battle? Yes. If you're so pro pre '67 border, I'm sure you would be content with 1845 borders for America? You're right, "occupied territories" isn't a euphemism because the so called Palestinian" Authority occupies Judea and Samaria from settlers, while terrorist thugs called Hamas occupy the Gaza strip, the rightful home to 9,000 settlers from Gush Katif (may the return speedily).

sayitsnotso:

All one has to do is visit Israel and compare it to the rest of the Arab countries. One look and you will believe that Israel should never have given one foot of land gained by defeating the Arabs who have started war after war with Israel.

redrobinyumm:

Even if you put aside all of the legitimate reasons why the Jews deserve all of Israel, the Arabs lost all of this land by starting wars and being the primary aggressors. When you start a war and you lose, you lose. That's the way history works. Why should we change the rules for a bunch of terrorists?

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