“Israel Is A Racist Endeavour” Posters Appear Across London Bus Stops, Palestine Action Takes Responsibility

Several posters describing Israel as a “racist endeavour” appeared on Wednesday at bus stops around London in at least four locations, including stops Bloomsbury, Elephant and Castle, Waterloo.

The posters went up the day after the UK Labour Party adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism after months of rows.

London Palestine Action took responsibility for the signs and wrote on its Facebook page: “Israel, as a Jewish majority state, could not have been established without the ethnic cleansing of indigenous Palestinians,” the post read. “Those Palestinians and their descendants, that were forced to leave in 1947/48, have not been allowed to return to their homes and land because they are not Jewish.  Over 60 Israeli laws already exist that restrict the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel, and Israel has recently enacted the ‘Nation-State law’ declaring that only Jews have the right to self-determination in the country, and has stripped Arabic as an official language, entrenching the Apartheid that exists on the land.”

“Israel is a racist endeavor.” The post added.

Transport for London (TfL) said in a statement that the posters were not authorized for that advertising space and they were working to remove them.

“These adverts are absolutely not authorised by TfL or our advertising partner JCDecaux.” The statement read. “It is fly posting and therefore an act of vandalism which we take extremely seriously. We have instructed our contractors to remove any of these posters found on our network immediately.”

A Labour’s spokesperson said on Tuesday that all 11 examples accompanying the IHRA definition were agreed by the national executive committee (NEC) meeting at the party’s headquarters in London, alongside a statement which ensures this will not in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of Palestinians.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn attempted to add a statement to the Party’s adoption of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism describing “Israel, its policies or the circumstances around its foundation as racist.” which was rejected.

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