A line-by-line breakdown of the ADL’s latest condemnation of a New York ad campaign

When the Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine financed an ad campaign about shrinking Palestinian territory to display in 50 Metro-North train stations in New York, the Anti-Defamation League gave birth to a cow (or a statement, depending on how you see it).

Here is a line-by-line breakdown.

ADL Calls Anti-Israel Billboards in Westchester Train Stations ‘Deliberately Misleading and Biased’

We will determine what “misleading” means in the lines to come but for now, rest assured that the ADL is one of the few organizations that still complains about things being “biased”, as if it itself isn’t biased.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called a billboard campaign in Metro North train stations, which shows a series of four maps and claims that Israel has systematically confiscated land from the Palestinians, “deliberately misleading and biased.”

Oh? The advertisements makes no such claim though that is exactly what viewers are supposed to draw from them. So, special thanks to the ADL for confirming the straightforward effectiveness of the ad campaign’s messaging. But on the issue of land confiscation, here’s B’Tselem, the United Nations, Peace Now for Israel, the International Court of JusticeAl-Haq, Yesh Din, Human Rights WatchBadil Resource CenterHaaretz, CNN, and The Guardian on the issue, all of which I’m certain will be condemned, if they haven’t already been, as superbiasedly anti-Israel by the ADL sooner or later.

The billboards, which began appearing this week in several Westchester County train stations, are sponsored by Henry Clifford, who co-chairs the virulently anti-Israel group Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine.

I really do wonder what kind of qualifications must be met for an organization to escape from being called an anti-Israel group by the ADL. Perhaps the Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine is “virulently anti-Israel” because it acknowledges the existence of Palestinians. Perhaps if the group changed its name to “Committee for Israel without Peace or Palestine” it would receive the ADL’s blessing.

“These billboards are deliberately misleading and biased and come with an agenda that is fundamentally anti-Israel,” said Ron Meier, ADL New York Regional Director.

If the billboards are misleading, so are the six and a half decades of fact and reality upon which the ad campaign is based. The maps, after all, accurately reflect Israel’s shifting borders and this is why, as the reader will see in the next part of Mr. Meier’s quote, the ADL’s main concern isn’t about the factuality of the advertisements but about context, a term used by the ADL to refer to the usage of historical grievances entirely unrelated to Palestinians as a way to justify land grabs and other violations of international law. End sentence.

“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is extremely complex and cannot be summarized in a series of four maps.  This ad campaign completely ignores the facts, including the history of land ownership prior to 1948, Israel’s repeated efforts to exchange land for peace, and the commitment of successive Israeli governments to achieving a two-state solution with the Palestinians.”

Wrong again, Mr. Meier. Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian land can indeed be summarized quite accurately in this series of maps because one map shows the beginning, two maps show what happened in between, and the last map shows how the land looks today. That is how things are summarized. The history of land ownership prior to 1948 is, um, actually shown too (see the first map of 1946 and the second of 1947, both of which came before 1948). And if the ADL hasn’t yet realized that the peace process for a two-state solution is a sad old sham, check out the Levy Report which effectively merks any idea of a second state.

The billboards feature four maps of Palestine/Israel from 1946 through 2010 and attempt to showcase the expansion of Israel at the expense of the Palestinians.

Because that is exactly what happened. See, Palestinians did not voluntarily shrink their territory size. They did not say to the international community, “Hey guys, we’re withdrawing from our borders. It’s up for grabs. If Israel wants it, it can have it.” No, that is absolutely not what happened.

A message on the billboard about the U.N.’s designation of Palestinian refugees further makes it seem as if Israel was responsible for the displacement of the refugees, a critical point of contention in the Israeli-Arab conflict and the peace process.

No matter how many times the ADL cries “bias!” the facts will remain as is, and it is up to the public to acknowledge them and then to act. The advertisements aren’t making up numbers. The United Nations has indeed classified that many Palestinians as refugees because either their land was confiscated, an invasion (from who!?) forced them to flee, or Israel prevents them from returning. Persona non grata is what the Israeli government calls most of them if they attempt to visit.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

Yeah, yeah.

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There are 4 comments

  1. ontogram

    I am always intrigued by the appeal to “complexity,” here used by the ADL. I was once mired in this “complexity” wondering how to make sense of Israel narrative with all its “buts” and “ands” and contradictions and its repeated references to the “peace process.”

    So I tried an experiment: I reversed or negated the Zionist narrative on each point. Starting from “A land without people for a people without land” including “The ’67 war was defensive” and “No ‘partner’ for the peace process.” etc. etc. Negating each proposition formed an alternative history which — no surprise — was identical with the Palestinian narrative. And for the FIRST TIME the history of region MADE SENSE and it was not complicated at all! As a good Jew, raised on the obscenity called “Zionism,” I was bowled over! Yes, bowled over, actually tingled with clarity and insight and, as I later understood, freedom from Zionist crap. At age 62 I became an anti-Zionist with a vengeance because I was angry at having been so abused by the Zionist jerks, growing up and even as an adult, dutifully giving money to one Israel cause after another.

    Now that I have seen the light — and this included negating and testing the substance of “respectable” organizations like the ADL and Simon Wiesenthal Center — I am free and I tell you all plainly and simply: (1) these organizations are Zionist shams, an embarrassment to well-meaning Jews and Americans of all stripes and (2) there is nothing complicated about the history of the region, nothing at all complicated. It is as simple as one, two, three: (1) Europeans invaded and settled land occupied by Arab peoples, (2) they moved out the Arabs, stole their property and proclaimed a state for a people who had no immediate claim on the land and had spent 20 millenia NOT SETTLING IN THE HOLY LAND! and (3) This illegal state intends to destroy Palestinian life and Palestinians forever and this project, while always changing its tactics, continues in vicious form in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. It is the Palestinian people who are under threat of extinction, not the Jewish people! (see the negative?)

  2. ontogram

    BTW — the ADL creates anti-Semitism: It is not a monitor but the source itself. Foxman is one of the most loathsome Zionists, second only to Sheldon Adelson IMHO

  3. ontogram

    These billboard ads are just great. It is a simple lesson in history that anyone can grasp easily. See — it’s not “complicated”, it’s simple!

  4. azzam taher

    AM A PALESTINEAN WHO VISITED THE CITY OF rAMLEH IN pALESTINE IN 1947 AT THE AGE OF THREE YEARS ONE YEAR BEFORE 1948 WAR WHEN iSRAEL STARTED EXSISISTING ON THE RUINS OF AN ENTIRE POPULATION WHICH LIVED THERE FOR MILLENIA. nOW I VISITEDMY GRANDFATHER HOUSE IN THAT CITY, MY OTHER GRANDFATHER BOUFGT A BUILDING IN hAIFA ON THE MEDITERRANEAN SEZ\A IN 1945. THIS BUILDIG IS CONFISCATED BY THE iSRAELI GOERNMENT AND MY GRAND FATHER TOOK THE RENT FOR ALMOST THREE YEARS UP TOLL 1948 TO STOP HAVING ANY RIGHT TO RECOVER HIS PROPERTY OR RECEIVE THE RENT ANYMORE. wILL ANUY BODY TELL ME IF THIS IS FAIR?? MANY OTHER NATIVES OF THE AEREA LOST THEIR HOUSED, BUILDINGS AND LANDS TO THE ISRAELIS. IS THIS WHAT THE WIORLD CALL THE JEW TRAGEDY, OR IS IT THE PALESTENIAN TRAGEDY. wESTERN COUNTRIES MALTREATED JEW ALEAYS AND IN EVERY ERSA,WHILE ARABS LIVED PEACEFULLY WITH THEM. tHE MASSACRE OF JEWS WAS CARRIED IUT BY WESTERN COUNTRIES AND PALESTINEANS MUST PAY FOR THAT. wHO ON EARTH WOULD ACCEPT SUCH AN INHUSTICE BUT THE SICK MIND OF FAKE HISTORY STUDIERS WHO FALSIFY REALITY WITHBIG LIES AND INFAMITIES. THANK UOPI SIR FOR THE TRUTH UTTERED

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