TEL AVIV’S NEW IMAGE; DOGS ARE WELCOME, AFRICANS AND PALESTINIANS AREN’T

The poster is part of a campaign called “Did you know?” that highlights different aspects of the city. Another ad boasts, “In Tel-Aviv-Jaffa there are approximately 50 dog parks, used by more than 20,000 dogs.”

There is, however, no poster saying thatSudanese refugees or native Palestinians are welcome in Tel Aviv. That’s just not part of the image the city is trying to project.

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“Cool” Tel Aviv proudly boasts of citizens’ role in brutal Israeli occupation army

Submitted by Ali Abunimah

 

A city-sponsored ad in Tel Aviv boasts of the high participation rate of city youth in the Israeli army.

 (The Electronic Intifada)

The city of Tel Aviv has become one of the main “products” Israel tries to sell internationally to soften its image as an apartheid state that brutally occupies millions of Palestinians.

 

A QR code on bus shelter ads leads to downloadable images of the posters.

Tel Aviv is marketed as a cool destination of culture, care-free fun and gay life, especially to counter the growing international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign.

But at home the Tel Aviv municipality is proud to trumpet the city’s contributions to the very same occupation and war crimes that its friendly image is used to obscure in international Brand Israel propaganda.

One ad sponsored by the municipality currently appears on bus shelters and boasts that the “IDF enlistment rate from Tel Aviv city schools is 91% for girls and 92% for boys.”

The photo at top was shot by an activist on Ibn-Gvirol street, between the City Hall and the ethnically cleansed Palestinian village of Sumail, which is now subsumed by Tel Aviv.

 

Another city-sponsored ad highlights Tel Aviv’s facilities for dogs

In effect, the poster expresses pride in the high participation of city youths in the brigades that blockade and shell Gaza, occupy the West Bank, hold up ambulances and pregnant women atcheckpoints, stand guard as bulldozersdestroy homes and confiscate land, and carry out night raids pulling Palestinian children from their beds, or just shooting them with impunity.

It can also be read as a dig at Jerusalem, which has a much higher religious population, and likely a lower enlistment rate.

The poster is part of a campaign called “Did you know?” that highlights different aspects of the city. Another ad boasts, “In Tel-Aviv-Jaffa there are approximately 50 dog parks, used by more than 20,000 dogs.”

There is, however, no poster saying thatSudanese refugees or native Palestinians are welcome in Tel Aviv. That’s just not part of the image the city is trying to project.

 

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3 Comments

  1. October 4, 2012 at 01:59

    This only shows why Israel is still cursed by God.

  2. October 4, 2012 at 10:44

    they @@ZIONISTS”are hated for their racism ,bigotry and for their brutality against the Palestinians-I as a Scots man hate their ignorance and I know they will never be forgiven for the brutal killings of this great race of people who rightfully own this land.

  3. October 9, 2012 at 15:00

    [...] TEL AVIV’S NEW IMAGE; DOGS ARE WELCOME, AFRICANS AND PALESTINIANS AREN’T [...]


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