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Anti-Israel Billboard Stirs Up Controversy In Detroit

| by Brendan Kelly

A billboard recently put up in Detroit is stirring up a lot of controversy. 

The billboard reads “America First Not Israel” and has many questioning if the message is anti-Semitic.

At the bottom of the billboard, it says, “Paid for by Deir Yassin Remembered,” a reference to a 1948 incident that occurred in the Arab village of Deir Yasmin in Jerusalem, in which the village was attacked. Over 100 men, women, and children were killed by Zionist paramilitary groups in the incident.

“This particular ad was not placed in a predominantly Arab-American neighborhood, it is also not a predominantly Jewish neighborhood,” said Heidi Budaj of the Anti-Defamation League. “These ads that were seen across the country are general ads whose goal is to drive a wedge between the American people and the state of Israel.”

Buddy continued to say that the billboard implies that Jews are not loyal to the country they live in.

“Make no mistake that while many of the Jewish people in the United States support the state of Israel as a Jewish state, we are loyal Americans,” she said.

The group responsible for the billboard has not commented on the meaning of their message.

Sources: KSHB, Deadline Detroit

Photo Credit: KSHB