Dueling billboards bring Gaza conflict to Texas

Sunday, July 12, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

They do everything bigger in Texas. While most supporters of Israel or the Palestinians content themselves to write Internet-based commentary on the conflict, two groups in Houston have started a billboard war.

The battle began shortly after Israel's anti-terror military invasion of Gaza in January. Following the conclusion of the incursion, a group calling itself the "Houston Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine" put up 10 billboards urging local commuters to "Pray for Gaza." The message was accompanied by images of Arab children weeping.

Ha'aretz reports that two pro-Israel groups got together last Monday and escalated the dispute by placing two of their own billboards declaring that what is really needed is to "Save Gaza from Hamas" by teaching its children peace, not hate.

The pro-Israel billboards are being sponsored by Bridge Houston and StandWithUs, grassroots Israel advocacy groups that have been working hard to reverse the biased negative portrait of Israel so prevalent in news reporting.

The website for the Houston Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine, which sponsored the other billboards, informs visitors that the recent Gaza war was Israel's fault, and not the result of incessant Hamas rocket fire, that Israel is a racist nation and always has been, and that the Palestinian terrorist war against Israel's civilians is a noble cause.

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