Atlas readers, writers, and callers -- you are the bomb.
As you know, I have been excoriating Clear Channel for their cowardly cave-in to Jew-haters, for running their hateful ad while refusing our pro-Israel ads. I wrote on it extensively in our press release here and also here.
Geller, however, pointed out in a statement that the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign's ads clearly constitute an incitement to violence against Jews. How is cutting military aid to Israel not an incitement to violence against them? With no aid and no military, Israel cannot defend itself, and is vulnerable to attack by its Muslim neighbors. It is also an incitement in the sense that the ad is a direct attempt to break a bond of friendship between the Israel and the United States, and that also renders Israel to attack."
Well, today, Clear Channel cancelled the Jew-hating campaign and will be taking the billboards down. And while I would have preferred to see our magnificent ads up, this is an excellent second best.
Thank you, freedom lovers. I stand in awe.
Seattle billboards on Israel canceled after controversy Seattle PI
Months after trying to place controversial ads about Israel on Metro buses, the Seattle group behind the ads said its latest effort to put a similar message on billboards has also been rejected.
The group, the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC), said billboard company Clear Channel Outdoor had placed three of the group's signs last week and this week.
The signs say, "Equal rights for Palestinians - Stop funding the Israeli military."
But on Wednesday, Clear Channel announced it was canceling the contract, saying it re-evaluated its decision after people complained, according to SeaMAC.
"We don't under what is objectionable about equal rights..." SeaMAC volunteer Ed Mast said Thursday, standing near billboard on Elliott Avenue West that once had his message. It now said, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
"This leaves us censored now twice in Seattle."
Olivia Lippens, president of Clear Channel Outdoor Seattle, said the company is committed to ensuring that "all messages we post, and any websites they promote, adhere to community standards and are not offensive towards any business."
"Upon further review, it became evident that a campaign sponsored by Stop 30 Billion.org promoted a website that is not in keeping with those standards," Lippens said in a statement.
"As a result of that review, we removed this advertising from our displays."