TransLink: Vancouver's 'Disappearing Palestine' ads will stay up
TransLink says it will not take down several ads by the Palestianian Awareness Coalition, in response to an angry response from members of Vancouver's Jewish community.
The advertisements (see: above) are visible on 15 city buses and in a mural at Vancouver City Centre SkyTrain station. They are called 'Disappearing Palestine' and "were produced by a coalition of seven local Vancouver-based organizations, from among many who find the 65 year-long Israeli occupation of Palestine an international outrage and an ongoing punishment of the Palestinian people," according to a statement on the Coalition's website.
The ads at Vancouver's SkyTrain station shows the map above with the line "5 million Palestinians are classified as refugees by the UN".
TransLink has said it does not "endorse or advocate" any positions form outside advertisers, but will leave the ads up because they comply with Canadian ad standards and do not infringe anyone's human rights.
On Tuesday, The Province reported that some Jewish groups in the city were considering suing TransLink over the controversial ads.
Coalition spokesperson Marty Roth – a Canadian Jewish man – has defended the ads, saying they are meant to be educational and not hateful.
"The ads are educational and they don't target any specific ethnic group and these are demonstrable facts," Roth said (CKNW). "The maps are true and the statement below is absolutely true."