FOR the next couple of weeks, a lot of Denver Jews can expect to be upset.
That is, if they happen to see the signs attached to the sides of RTD mall shuttles and light rail trains that depict a Palestinian youth facing what appears to be an Israeli tank and the less-than-subtle message: “Want peace? Stop ethnic cleansing in Palestine.”
Starting last week and continuing until Nov. 11, two mall shuttles and 10 light rail trains will bear these signs, paid for by two activist groups that call themselves “NoTaxDollarsToIsrael.com” and “”ColoradoBDSCampaign.org.”
The signs are apparently not only intended for Israel supporters who live in the Denver metro area, but the thousands of Jews from across the country and beyond who will be in Denver starting today, Oct. 25, through Monday, at the Jewish National Fund national conference here.
The anti-Israel signs, Scott Levin, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, told the Intermountain Jewish News this week, have “obviously been timed to coincide with the JNF conference. That appears to be the impetus for taking the signs out now.”
The appearance of the signs triggered an ADL press release this week that called the propaganda “offensive and inflammatory” but did not call on the Regional Transportation District to remove the signs, based on the belief that their message is constitutionally protected.
The ADL is already familiar with the Colorado BDS Campaign, described by Levin as “an organization that has sought boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and companies that invest or do business with Israel.
“They have tried to use similar messages at other events and places around town. This is the first time that I’ve seen them buy ads on RTD buses.”
Levin said this week that while he’s not familiar with the structure of these groups, they appear to be composed of the same people who have led BDS efforts at CU, at Denver’s Taste of Colorado event and other instances.