A pro-Israel poster placed in the Civic Center BART station by the Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs was defaced by vandals last month.
The poster, which touts the work of Israelis on treating AIDS, was papered over to attack alleged Israeli apartheid. The original poster read, “Israeli-Developed AIDS Treatment: Targets HIV Without Affecting Healthy Cells. Israel Saves Lives.”
The papered-over poster read, “Israel-Developed Apartheid: Targets Homes Without Affecting Profits. Israel Destroys Lives.”
The vandalized poster was quickly replaced, said Mike Harris of StandWithUs/San Francisco Voice for Israel, noting that the poster ad campaign was slated to run until Friday, Aug. 17.
Roz Rothstein, the co-founder and CEO of StandWithUs, said that her organization has placed ads only in response to those placed by anti-Israel groups.
“While freedom of speech is one of the foundations of American public life, we agree that the public would be better served if the Middle East conflict were kept off transit ads,” she noted. “StandWithUs has found it necessary to respond to false and misleading transit ad campaigns initiated by anti-Israel groups in the Bay Area, in Washington, D.C. and in New York, in Denver and Houston. We would welcome a decision by transportation agencies to reassess their advertising policies to disallow political debates so that public transit can be a more relaxing, safe space for everyone.”