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Press Advisory: TARGETED FOR A THIRD TIME: “DISAPPEARING PALESTINE” AD DISAPPEARS AGAIN

For Immediate Release

contact: Marty Roth, Palestine Awareness Coalition, rothx002@umn.edu

Charlotte Kates, Palestine Awareness Coalition,  charlotte.kates@gmail.com

VANCOUVER, October 10, 2013 – The “Disappearing Palestine” wall mural displayed at a Canada Line SkyTrain station was stolen by vandals for the third time overnight on October 9, shortly after it was replaced following two earlier thefts. The ad, part of a campaign by the Palestine Awareness Coalition, has been running since August 27.

The Skytrain ad was vandalized previously on the weekends of September 21 and October 5, when it was also stolen from the station by unknown vandals who appear to have scraped the ad from the walls.

The ad has been re-posted again. The Coalition is not aware of any suspects being identified in the repeated thefts.

“The repeat vandalism of the Skytrain poster cannot hide the realities exposed in the maps: shrinking Palestinian land and dispossessed Palestinian people,” said Marty Roth of the Palestine Awareness Coalition. “We placed these ads to educate and inform the public. Clearly, some would like to silence Palestinian history and present reality – and are not succeeding, Someone must really not want this information to reach the Canadian public,” Roth said.

The “Disappearing Palestine” advertisement campaign was launched on Vancouver public transit by the Palestine Awareness Coalition, formed by seven Vancouver-area peace and justice groups. It depicts the shrinking land of Palestine and Israeli expansionism over the past 65 years. For more information, please visit palestineawarenesscoalition.wordpress.com.

Press Advisory: “DISAPPEARING PALESTINE” AD STOLEN FOR SECOND TIME

VANCOUVER, October 9, 2013 – The “Disappearing Palestine” wall mural at the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station was stolen by vandals for a second time over the weekend of October 6. The ad, part of a campaign by the Palestine Awareness Coalition, has been running since August 27. The Skytrain ad was vandalized previously on the weekend of September 21, when it was also stolen from the station by unknown vandals.

The ad has been re-posted. The Coalition is not aware of any suspects being identified in the repeated thefts.

“The repeat vandalism of the Skytrain poster cannot hide the realities exposed in the maps: shrinking Palestinian land and dispossessed Palestinian people,” said Marty Roth of the Palestine Awareness Coalition. “We placed these ads to educate and inform the public. Clearly, some would like to silence Palestinian history and present reality – and are not succeeding,” Roth said.

The “Disappearing Palestine” advertisement campaign was launched on Vancouver public transit by the Palestine Awareness Coalition, formed by seven Vancouver-area peace and justice groups. It depicts the shrinking land of Palestine and Israeli expansionism over the past 65 years. For more information, please visit palestineawarenesscoalition.wordpress.com.

Press Advisory: DISAPPEARING AD OF “DISAPPEARING PALESTINE”

For Immediate Release: September 25, 2013

contact: Marty Roth, Palestine Awareness Coalition, rothx002@umn.edu

The “Disappearing Palestine” wall mural at the Vancouver City Centre skytrain station was stolen by vandals over the weekend. The mural was recently extended for a second month thanks to a special donation to the Palestine Awareness Coalition by Vancouver lawyer, activist and former city councillor Tim Louis. The mural will be replaced shortly.

“This disruption will not silence our ad campaign. It is striking that our campaign was chosen in an attempt to silence the simple truth,” said Marty Roth of the Palestine Awareness Coalition.

The “Disappearing Palestine” advertisement campaign was launched on Vancouver public transit on August 27, 2013 by the Palestine Awareness Coalition, formed by seven Vancouver-area peace and justice groups. It depicts the shrinking land of Palestine and Israeli expansionism over the past 65 years. For more information, please visit palestineawarenesscoalition.wordpress.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 27, 2013

Contact: Martha Roth, Palestine Awareness Coalition, martharoth@earthlink.net

Charlotte Kates, Palestine Awareness Coalition, charlotte.kates@gmail.com

The realities of Palestinian land loss are on display in Vancouver, as a new series of transit ads has been posted at the Vancouver City Centre SkyTrain station and on 15 TransLink buses, on August 27, 2013. The ads, created by the Palestine Awareness Coalition, made up of seven Vancouver-area peace and justice groups, depict the “disappearance” of Palestine due to Israeli occupation over the past 66 years.

“The goal of the advertising campaign is to make the Canadian public aware of Israel’s steady absorption of Palestinian territory from 1946 to the present day and the constant oppression that accompanies that occupation,” said Martha Roth of Independent Jewish Voices, one of the groups in the coalition.

The advertisements, which have rolled out on buses around Vancouver and on a large wall mural at City Centre, feature a simple design that has been used in billboard and transit advertising in Westchester County, NY, Portland, Seattle and other places in the United States and throughout the world in similar advertising campaigns. They feature four maps (1946, 1947, 1967 and 2013) which show Palestinian land loss due to occupation over time. “The progression is breathtaking: one sees the Palestinian territory shrinking to a few patches of green on the greater map of Israel,” said Roth.

The groups involved in the coalition are Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign (BIAC), Building Bridges Vancouver (BBV), Canada-Palestine Solidarity Network (CanPalNet), Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), Necef Sabeel (Near-East Cultural and Educational Foundation), Seriously Free Speech and Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights at the University of British Columbia (SPHR-UBC).

The Coalition says that it is still engaged in general fundraising which will be used to extend the run of the advertisements. To make a donation, visit https://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?charityID=s32200. For more information on the transit ads, please visit: https://palestineawarenesscoalition.wordpress.com/

Press Coverage:

TransLink Israel-Palestine ads cause controversy, CBC, August 27, 2013

Jewish groups fight TransLink over Palestine ad campaign, The Province, August 27, 2013

Ad series designed to be educational raises eyebrows, CKNW, August 28, 2013

Vancouver’s controversial pro-Palestine ads planned for other Canadian cities, Vancouver Sun, August 28, 2013

Pro-Palestine transit ads will not be removed, TransLink says, Globe and Mail, August 28, 2013

‘Disappearing Palestine’ bus ads in Vancouver accused of inciting hatred, Canada.com, August 28, 2013

Pro-Palestine bus ads spark debate in Vancouver (Video), CTV News, August 28, 2013

Disappearing Palestine ads come to Vancouver public transit, Mondoweiss, August 28, 2013

Pro-Palestine ads planned for other cities, MetroNews, August 28, 2013

Op-Ed: If Vancouver’s Jewish groups don’t like pro-Palestinian ads, they should make their own, Robyn Urback, National Post, August 29, 2013

‘Disappearing Palestine’ maps deemed a violation of free speech, Middle East Monitor, August 29, 2013

Op-Ed: Bashing Israel on Vancouver buses isn’t a form of hate speech, Jonathan Kay, National Post, August 30, 2013

Vancouver’s “Disappearing Palestine” Ads Are Protected Freedom Of Speech, PolicyMic, August 31, 2013

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