An ad depicting the supposed shrinking of “Palestinian territory” taken out by the anti-Israel group Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine is appearing in 50 Metro-North stations around New York City. For the cost of $25,000, Henry Clifford, the group’s chairman, an 84-year-old ex-Wall Street financier, has been peddling the Palestinian false narrative. The ad refers to the Arabs living in Israel as “Palestinian refugees.”
Although the Jewish community has protested the ads, the MTA will not remove them — even though they are factually inaccurate. Clifford was adamant: “If the facts are inflammatory, then they are inflammatory. All of the Middle East is infected with the virus of the Arab-Israeli conflict. People need to know the truth of the matter.”
Ron Meier, the Anti-Defamation League’s regional director in New York responded by saying:
“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is extremely complex and cannot be summarized in a series of four maps. This ad campaign completely ignores the facts, including the history of land ownership prior to 1948, Israel’s repeated efforts to exchange land for peace, and the commitment of successive Israeli governments to achieving a two-state solution with the Palestinians.”
If one looks at the history of Israel’s repeated attempts to make peace with its Arab neighbors, it’s clear which side has murderous intent and which side genuinely wants peace. But the increasing visibility of the false Palestinian narrative has infected college campuses as well as the mainstream media, and with a champion of that narrative sitting in the White House, the path is being cleared for the eventual isolation of Israel.