SEATTLE: New bus ads condemning the Palestinian call for a ‘Jew-free State’ have the apologists in an uproar

Once again, Pamela Geller stirs up a hornet’s nest of controversy with her newest bus ad for Seattle Transit.


AFLC King County Metro Transit (“Metro”) had repeatedly denied the advertisement until the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) threatened to sue the agency on behalf of the advertisement’s sponsors, the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI), and its executive directors, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.  The proposed advertisement states, “The Palestinian Authority Is Calling For A Jew-Free State.  Equal Rights for Jews.”

The proposed advertisement is a direct response to an anti-Israel/pro-Palestine advertisement that Metro did not object to running on its public vehicles.  That advertisement states, “Equal Rights for Palestinians.  The Way to Peace.”


David Yerushalmi, Co-Founder and Senior Counsel of AFLC, commented: “Time and again, government transit agencies censor FDI’s advertisements to placate the anti-Israel, pro-sharia crowd, whose agenda is exposed when our clients use public platforms to break through political correctness to highlight the important issues concerning Israel and the rapid rise of sharia-adherent Islam.”

Daily Caller  In the video below, Ed Mast is saying that the call for a Jew-free Palestine is a “false, inaccurate, misleading accusation of the Palestinian Authority.” But in 2011, Palestinian Ambassador to the United States, Maen Rashid Areikat, said exactly that – reiterating his call to create a”Jew-free Palestinian state.”

Maen Rashid Areikat
Maen Rashid Areikat

“Well, I personally still believe that as a first step we need to be totally separated, and we can contemplate these issues in the future,” he said when asked by The Daily Caller if he could imagine a Jew being elected mayor of the Palestinian city of Ramallah in a future independent Palestinian state. “But after the experience of 44 years of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it will be in the best interests of the two peoples to be separated first.” (Of course, he expects that the Palestinians living in the state of Israel should be allowed to continue living there)

Last year, Areikat made a similar statement during an interview with Tablet magazine. Asked whether it would be neccessary to transfer and remove “every Jew” from a future Palestinian state, Areikat responded “absolutely.” “I’m not saying to transfer every Jew, I’m saying transfer Jews who, after an agreement with Israel, fall under the jurisdiction of a Palestinian state.” (Sounds like a Jew-free state to me)