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DISAPPEARING AD OF “DISAPPEARING PALESTINE” IN VANCOUVER CANADA
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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: http://palestineawarenesscoalition.wordpress.com/
Press Coverage:
Pro-Palestine transit ads will not be removed, TransLink says, Globe and Mail, August 28, 2013
Pro-Palestine ads planned for other cities, MetroNews, August 28, 2013
Op-Ed: Bashing Israel on Vancouver buses isn’t a form of hate speech, Jonathan Kay, National Post, August 30, 2013
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