CHAPPAQUA — Provocative poster advertisements that are on display at Metro-North train platforms showing shrinking Palestinian land in Israel have alarmed a leader in the Jewish community who is concerned it could leads to acts of hate.
“This is anti-Semitic because when people think of Jews they think of the Jewish state,” says DovidEfune, editor of the Manhattan-based Jewish newspaper, The Algemeiner. “Jews have seen this happen so many times. It always starts with messaging that says Jews are committing a crime.”
The ads show a succession of shrinking Palestinian territory in four maps and contain a headline about 4.7 million Palestinians being classified as refugees by the United Nations. They were paid for by an 84-year-old ex-Wall Street financier who lives in Connecticut.
“If the facts are inflammatory, then they are inflammatory,” says Henry Clifford, the chairman of a 10-member group called the Committee for Peace in Israel/Palestine. “All of the Middle East is infected with the virus of the Arab-Israeli conflict. People need to know the truth of the matter.”
Clifford said he paid $25,000 through an ad agency to run the posters at as many as 10 Metro-North railroad stations, including White Plains and Chappaqua, but he was not clear about which stations they were posted.