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A controversial ad campaign on Vancouver's transit system showing the territory of Palestine shrinking into the state of Israel will run in other Canadian cities this fall, says the coalition behind the images.
"We do know that in other Canadian cities, for example in Toronto and in Calgary, there will be ads" running sometime this fall sponsored by advocates in those cities, said Charlotte Kates, a spokeswoman for seven Vancouver-based groups calling themselves the Palestine Awareness Coalition.
Kates said the images, which went up in Vancouver on Tuesday, show the steady occupation of Palestinian territory by Israel. The coalition got the idea for the "Disappearing Palestine" campaign from similar ads that have run in American cities like New York, Seattle and San Francisco.
"We wanted to draw attention to and shed light on the ongoing human rights violations ... against Palestinians," she said.
"The Canadian government has been such a strong voice in support of Israel ... so we think it's particularly important that people in Vancouver and other Canadian cities learn about what's happening in Palestine now and what's happened there historically."
Jews Wring Hands And Worry
Jewish groups have declared strong opposition to the ads, which are displayed at a wall mural in a Vancouver SkyTrain station as well as on 15 buses, and have tried to have TransLink, a government agency, remove them.
"We're disappointed that TransLink decided to run them," Anita Bromberg, national director of legal affairs for B'nai Brith, said in an interview from Toronto.
"It is contrary to their own rules and regulations," she said, as advertisements "shouldn't be derogatory of any one group, and the innuendo, the common understanding, would be to be very derogatory of Israel and it's supporters."
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