Reported by Seattle's KING 5 News, A group calling itself the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign is paying nearly $2,000 to place the ads on some Seattle Downtown buses.
Spokesman for the group claim the ads are geared towards Israels attacks 2 years ago on Gaza, that were intended to stop rockets attacks on Israel and the smuggling in of weapons used against Israel. Group spokesman, Ed Mast stated, "I wouldn't say it's an anti-Israel message any more than any complaint about a country is anti-that country. We would like Israel to stop violating human rights. We would like Israel to give equal rights to its Palestinian citizens and its Palestinian subjects who live under occupation," even though the ads contain inflammatory words of "our tax dollars at work" and feature photos of children.
Linda Thielke, King County Metro Transit spokesperson claims, "As a government, we are mindful of the provisions in state and federal constitutions to protect freedom of speech. So, we can't object [to] these campaigns simply because they offend some people."
Would Ms. Thielke so adamantly defend ads depicting a burning Qu'Ran? Would they freely post an ad featuring Jesus Christ on the Cross, atoning for mankind's sins? I think the notion of "offending some people" would be entirely different under such circumstances.
For Ed Mast and others, I'll leave you a few photo's of Palestinian "children."
I don't imagine you will see any of these photo's donning the sides of Seattle Buses any time soon.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Posted by Lew Waters at 7:14 PM