December 21, 2010
Who is Behind Seattle’s Anti-Israel Bus Campaign?
A news report from King-5 reported that in King County, Seatle, a bus poster campaign will commence on December 27. This campaign will showcase the slogan: “Israeli War Crimes: Your Tax Dollars at Work.” The posters are the brainchild of a group called the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign.
The news report quoted from a man named Ed Mast, who is a spokesperson for the group. He also featured in the TV interview (below). Mast was asked if the posters were inflammatory. He sniffed and responded:
“The intention is not to inflame. The intention is to educate and raise awareness.”
Mast also said:
“I wouldn’t say it’s an anti-Israel message any more than any complaint about a country is anti-that country. We would like Israel to stop violating human rights. We would like Israel to give equal rights to its Palestinian citizens and its Palestinian subjects who live under occupation.”
According to Hilary Bernstein of the Pacific Northwest office of the Anti-Defamation League, the campaign is
“more in support of an agenda that is all about delegitimizing Israel and demonizing Israel.”