Fly-posters use bus stops to de­liver anti-Is­rael slur

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

BUS STOPS across Lon­don have been de­faced with anti-Is­rael posters mock­ing the IHRA def­i­ni­tion of an­tisemitism, af­ter Labour’s de­ci­sion to adopt it.

At least four shel­ters — Ele­phant and Cas­tle, Water­loo Bridge, Blooms­bury and West­min­ster, across the road from Par­lia­ment it­self — have seen posters placed on ad­ver­tis­ing hoard­ings say­ing: “Is­rael is a racist en­deav­our”

The IHRA gives one ex­am­ple of con­tem­po­rary an­tisemitism as call­ing “the state of Is­rael... a racist en­deav­our”.

JC De­caux, the ad­ver­tis­ing firm which owns a num­ber of the hoard­ings, at­tacked the mes­sages as “van­dal­ism” and said the hoard­ings would be “re­posted soon.”

Saul Sch­nei­der spot­ted one of them in Southamp­ton Row, Blooms­bury.

“I see it as clear ev­i­dence that Labour’s in­abil­ity/un­will­ing­ness to deal with an­tisemitism gives cred­i­bil­ity to these views,” he said. “It’s 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.

An­other on­looker, James Robertson, said he had seen one in Ele­phant and Cas­tle while on his lunch break.

“It must surely be a re­sponse from some­body who is dis­sat­is­fied with the Labour Party adopt­ing the full def­i­ni­tion of an­tisemitism,” he said. “I’m sure it’s gone up overnight. I think it’s very sad that the next day you get peo­ple putting up posters that are clearly in­flam­ma­tory.”

So­cial me­dia sug­gested that a group called Lon­don Pales­tine Ac­tion was be­hind the stunt, with the group tweet­ing pho­tos of the de­faced busstops along with mes­sages such as “70 years of UK govt-ap­proved dis­pos­ses­sion, de­struc­tion and dis­place­ment. Is­rael is a #racis­ten­deav­our.”

A Trans­port for Lon­don spokesper­son said: “These ad­verts are ab­so­lutely not au­tho­rised by TfL or our ad­ver­tis­ing part­ner JCDe­caux. It is fly post­ing 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.” De­faced: the shel­ter out­side Ele­phant and Cas­tle tube sta­tion

It’s an act of van­dal­ism that we take very se­ri­ously’

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