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London bus stops defaced with anti-Israel posters: “Israel is a racist endeavour”

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This is not surprising to those of us who have been for years documenting the new antisemitism on the left. But what was once in the closet is now proudly displayed and waved about like a flag — much like in 1930s Germany. Jewish leaders and organizations have ignored this. Worse, they attacked those of who refused to be silent. What better example of this craven cowardice than Jewish communal groups backing my ban to the UK. In 2013, the Jewish Board of Deputies vice-president Jonathan Arkush said my presence would be “deeply unhelpful to community relations.” A shameful example of the dhimmi Jew in an Islamic state.

“‘Israel Is a Racist Endeavour’ Signs Seen on London Bus Stops”

Several signs stating that “Israel is a racist endeavour” were spotted throughout various London bus stops on Wednesday.

Here are some pictures of the signs, which appeared in Bloomsbury, Elephant and Castle, Waterloo Bridge and Westminster:

I had to do a double take when I saw *this* on Westminster Bridge

— Aine Lagan (@ainemichellel) 10:16 AM – Sep 5, 2018

Oh dear god there’s more of them https://twitter.com/londonpalestine/status/1037348127509032965?s=21 …

— Aine Lagan (@ainemichellel) 11:03 AM – Sep 5, 2018

Who’s fundingthis ad campaign?? @JCDecaux_UK @antisemitism @BritainIsrael @JewishChron @JewishNewsUK

— Katie Rose (@the_loop_line) 8:34 AM – Sep 5, 2018 · South Bank

American Jewish Committee (AJC) Assistant Executive Director Avi Mayer weighed in:

There are now antisemitic posters appearing across London. This is absolutely horrifying. https://twitter.com/ainemichellel/status/1037358835978194944 …

— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) 2:40 PM – Sep 5, 2018

Criticizing Israeli policies or actions is legitimate. Characterizing the Jewish state—and no other—as a “racist endeavor” is antisemitic. That this is happening in the heart of London is shocking. https://twitter.com/ainemichellel/status/1037358835978194944 …

— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) 2:45 PM – Sep 5, 2018

According to Jewish News, London Palestine Action took responsibility for the signs.

“Israel, as a Jewish majority state, could not have been established without the ethnic cleansing of indigenous Palestinians,” London Palestine Action wrote on their Facebook page. “Those Palestinians and their descendants, that were forced to leave in 1947/48, have not been allowed to return to their homes and land because they are not Jewish.  Over 60 Israeli laws already exist that restrict the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel, and Israel has recently enacted the ‘Nation-State law’ declaring that only Jews have the right to self-determination in the country, and has stripped Arabic as an official language, entrenching the Apartheid that exists on the land.”

“Israel is a racist endeavor.”

Created by ethnic cleansing; maintained by ethnic exclusion. Israel is a #racistendeavour

— LDNPalestineAction (@LondonPalestine) 9:34 AM – Sep 5, 2018

Rights denied based entirely on ethnicity. Israel is a #racistendeavour pic.twitter.com/iYqcsu6PyI

— LDNPalestineAction (@LondonPalestine) 9:53 AM – Sep 5, 2018

1.8 million Palestinians, mainly refugees, locked in Gaza for being the wrong ethnicity. Israel is a #racistendeavour pic.twitter.com/bTmzN0Dwhy

— LDNPalestineAction (@LondonPalestine) 10:44 AM – Sep 5, 2018

70 years of UK govt-approved dispossession, destruction and displacement. Israel is a #racistendeavour pic.twitter.com/M9BrlHy9wT

— LDNPalestineAction (@LondonPalestine) 11:06 AM – Sep 5, 2018

We won’t stop speaking the truth: that Israel is, and has always been, a #racistendeavour pic.twitter.com/uLadKvelQR

— LDNPalestineAction (@LondonPalestine) 3:27 PM – Sep 5, 2018

Transport for London (TfL) said in a statement that the signs were not authorized for that advertising space and they were working to take them down.

“These adverts are absolutely not authorized by TfL or our advertising partner JCDecaux,” a TfL spokesperson said. “It is flyposting and therefore an act of vandalism which we take extremely seriously. We have instructed our contractors to remove any of these posters found on our network immediately.”

As the Jewish News noted, the signs came the day after Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn attempted to add a statement to the Labour Party’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism describing “Israel, its policies or the circumstances around its foundation as racist.” Corbyn’s attempt was rejected.

The Jewish Chronicle’s Daniel Sugarman noted that calling Israel “a racist endeavor” references an IHRA example as to criticism of Israel that amounts to anti-Semitism.

“I see it as clear evidence that Labour’s inability/unwillingness to deal with anti-Semitism gives credibility to these views,” Saul Schneider, who saw one of the signs in Bloomsbury, told Sugarman. “So worrying that people just walk by and take it in.”

“London bus stops defaced with anti-Israel posters mocking IHRA antisemitism definition,” by Daniel Sugarman, The JC, September 5, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

Bus stops across London have been defaced with anti-Israel posters mocking the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, after Labour finally announced it would adopt it, albeit with a significant caveat.

At least four different sites – Elephant and Castle, Waterloo Bridge, Bloomsbury and Westminster, across the road from Parliament itself, have seen advertising hoardings on bus stops fly posted with posters saying “Israel is a racist endeavour”.

This refers to one of the examples of contemporary antisemitism given in the IHRA definition, which says calling “a state of Israel… a racist endeavour” could amount to Jew-hate.

JC Decaux, the advertising firm which owns a number of the defaced hoardings, confirmed that this was “vandalism – not advertising”, and that it had reported the bus stops in question and they would be “reposted soon.”

Labour initially omitted the “racist endeavour” example from the watered-down definition of antisemitism it adopted in July but adopted the full IHRA definition, including all examples, on Tuesday after a standoff with the Jewish community over the summer over its refusal.

But it was criticised by Jewish groups for including a “free speech” clause that said adopting the definition would not minimise debate on Israel.

Labour’s National Executive Committee said the clause would ensure the IHRA definition would not “in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of the Palestinians.” However, Labour Friends of Israel said it “totally undermines the other examples the party has supposedly just adopted”.

Meanwhile, anti-Israel campaigners attacked the party’s adoption of the entire definition, claiming that it would stifle free speech.

Saul Schneider spotted one of the posters on a bus stop in Southampton Row, Bloomsbury.

He told the JC he was “totally shocked to see this slogan on a billboard in central London.

“I see it as clear evidence that Labour’s inability/unwillingness to deal with antisemitism gives credibility to these views. So worrying that people just walk by and take it in. “

He reported it to the company that owns the site but said he had heard nothing back, and is hoping the police will take action….

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