WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – A pro-Israel group is placing dozens of billboards at Westchester Metro-North train stations in response to a pro-Palestinian billboard posted in July.
California-based non-profit group StandWithUs will have six different posters for a total of 75 ads that aim to highlight the historical Jewish connection to the land of Israel and how Israel has had a positive effect on the world. The signs will be up by Thursday the latest, said a publicist for the group.
The ads will appear at stations in Mount Vernon, Pelham, New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, White Plains, North White Plains, Peekskill, Ossining, Irvington, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings and Yonkers. They will also be placed at other stations in New York City, Eastchester and Connecticut.
The total cost of the campaign is approximately $16,000, according Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs. She said she hopes supporters will come forward to help with the cost.
The Palestinian billboard from July, titled "Palestinian Loss of Land – 1946 to 2010," received criticism from elected officials and commuters for being “anti-Israel.” It was especially unpopular in Chappaqua, where commuters offered "feedback" by writing and stamping foul language onto the ad. StandWithUs will not be placing any billboards in Chappaqua.
The pro-Palestinian billboards featured four maps of Israel from 1946 through 2010 and appeared to showcase the expansion of Israel at the expense of Palestinians. Supporters of the billboard said it was simply showing facts, which Rothstein said is not true.
“The anti-Israel ads are a shocking distortion of history,” Rothstein said in a statement. “The message presumes there once was an Arab Palestine, when in fact no such country ever existed. As two of our billboards point out, this region has been recognized as the Jewish homeland for over 3,000 years.”