Intermountain Jewish News

Banner
Wednesday,
Jul 23rd
Home News Local RTD anti-Israel ads timed to infuriate delegates to JNF conference

RTD anti-Israel ads timed to infuriate delegates to JNF conference

E-mail Print PDF

RTD buses will carry these anti-Israel signs until Nov. 11, 2013.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.

The rest of this article is available in the IJN's print edition only. Contact Carol to order your copy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or subscribe to our new online e-Edition.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:20 )  

IJN e-Edition

This is only a taste! Get full access to the IJN via our e-Edition, only $14.04 for IJN Print subscribers.

E-Edition subscribers get access to a complete digital replica of the IJN, which includes all special sections.

Get the IJN's free newsletter!

Shabbat Times

JTA News

Military airfield lands as alternative to banned Ben Gurion

Marcy Oster Foreign airlines banned from using Ben Gurion Airport will be able to use a military airfield in southern Israel as an alternative, Israel’s transportation minister said. ... [Link]

Blaming Birthright for a Gaza death

Julie Wiener Slate’s Allison Benedikt first provoked Israel supporters with an angry essay about being brainwashed by Young Judaea. Now she’s blaming Birthright Israel for the death of a soldier in Gaz... [Link]

Why the Tel Aviv flight cancellations are such a blow to Israel

Uriel Heilman The airlines’ decisions to cancel flights to and from Tel Aviv were a distressing reality check to a country that prides itself on being an island of normalcy in a sea of chaos. ... [Link]

Kerry lands in Israel for cease-fire talks

Ron Kampeas U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel to advance cease-fire talks between Hamas and Israel. ... [Link]

After flight cancellations, a waiting game at Ben Gurion Airport

Ben Sales Not all flights in and out of Israel were canceled after the decisions by U.S. and European aviation authorities on air travel to Tel Aviv. Some passengers with the right tickets — or good fortu... [Link]

Tens of thousands attend funeral for U.S. lone soldier Max Steinberg

Marcy Oster A crowd estimated at 30,000 attended the funeral for Max Steinberg, an American lone soldier who was killed in Gaza. ... [Link]

Met Council’s William Rapfogel sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison

Julie Wiener William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme. ... [Link]

Israel’s Gaza actions could be war crimes, U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay says

Marcy Oster Israel’s military actions in Gaza could be considered war crimes, U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said. ... [Link]

Intermountain Jewish News • 1177 Grant Street • Denver, CO 80203 • 303 861 2234 • FAX 303 832 6942
email@ijn.com • larry@ijn.com • lori@ijn.com