Dec 30, 2010

#BDS: Seattle anti-Israel demonstration in wake of Metro ad controversy

SEATTLE – An anti-Israel demonstration made its way to a rainy downtown Seattle Monday night, following a weeklong debate over Middle Eastern bus ads that put King County Metro Transit in the middle.

About 50 people gathered at Westlake Center, marking the second anniversary of Israel's military action in Gaza. The protesters say they want to break the silence over Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

"We'd like Israel to be held accountable for its actions and our government to stop spending our tax dollars to support Israel's war crimes," said Ed Mast, Mideast Awareness Campaign.

The local friction broke out last week over controversial, dueling bus advertisements that were slated to appear on Metro buses -- one group's ads alleged "Israeli War Crimes" and another countered with "Palestinian War Crimes."

Metro decided to drop both ads while it reviews its non commercial ad policy.

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