In my view, the message displayed on this billboard is offensive as it promotes hatred of a people.
The accusation of apartheid is a very serious allegation. It suggests the existence of a systemic policy of segregation and/or discrimination on grounds of race. It further promotes the disdain and hatred towards those accused of supposedly practicing apartheid.
As I am sure you are aware, 21% of Israelis are Arabic and Israeli law does not distinguish between race, sex, or creed. As I am sure you are also aware, the history of conflict and tension in the Middle East is extremely complex. Inflammatory messages, like those presented in your billboard, do nothing to address the complexity of Middle East policy. Rather, they further promote intolerance and hatred of one people over another.
Andrew Weaver, M.L.A.
Oak Bay-Gordon Head
219 - 3930 Shelbourne Street
Victoria, BC V8P 5P6
Phone: 250 472-8528
Fax: 250 472-6123
e-mail: Andrew.Weaver.MLA@ leg.bc.ca
Province of British Columbia
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Thank you in advance for considering the removal of this offensive advertising. I very much look forward to your further correspondence on this important matter.
Dr. Andrew Weaver,