Billboards In Tel Aviv Incite Reprisal Against Palestinians

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A billboard over a Tel Aviv highway shows photoshopped images of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and former prime minister Ismail Haniyeh blindfolded, with a slogan that reads in Hebrew “Peace is made ONLY with vanquished enemies,” in Tel Aviv, on February 15, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

WASHINGTON –  Billboards have appeared on highways in Tel Aviv with hateful messages against Palestinians, in appar­ent reprisal for their refusal to accept US President Donald Trump’s plan for the Middle East, which heavily favors the Israeli regime.

The billboards read “Peace is made ONLY with vanquished enemies” and show photoshopped images of Palestinian President Mah­moud Abbas and Hamas lead­er and former prime minister Ismail Haniyeh blindfolded and kneeling in supplication in a war-zone, with buildings behind them reduced to rub­ble and helicopters hovering.

Former Knesset member of the Meretz Party Issawi Freig slammed the billboards as “disgusting” and urged the mayor of Tel Aviv to remove them. “This disgust must go down now. [Mayor] Ron Hul­dai, for your care,” he said in a tweet.

It was not immediately clear who sponsored the bill­boards or if the campaign aimed to help rightist parties in the upcoming general elec­tions scheduled for March 2.

Huldai, the mayor, said in a statement that the bill­boards would be taken down, acknowledging that they “in­cite violence and recall the ac­tions” of Daesh terrorists and the Nazis.

“Even in election season, there are red lines,” he said


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