Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring gives rebirth to Seattle ad campaign against Israel military aid

The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign is a member of our coalition. We previously blogged about the campaign here and here.

Proposed 'Israeli war crimes' Metro bus ads move to billboards

By Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times staff reporter

The group whose plan to place bus ads alleging "Israeli war crimes" unleashed a furor last winter is now turning to billboards.

The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign has purchased space on four billboards for ads that say: "Equal rights for Palestinians — Stop funding the Israeli military."

The first two billboards went up this week on Elliott Avenue West north of West Lee Street, and on Lake City Way Northeast south of Northeast 104th Street.

The other two billboards go up next week on Aurora Avenue North — one near Republican Street and the other near North 104th Street.

Each will stay up four weeks.

Last winter, the group purchased bus ads to run on the sides of Metro buses. The King County-owned Metro Transit first accepted the ads and then canceled them after county leaders said they were advised by law-enforcement authorities that the ads could prompt attacks on buses or passengers.

The bus ads never ran.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, saying that King County violated the group's First Amendment rights. That lawsuit, in U.S. District Court, is currently in the discovery phase.