The pro-Israel education group StandWithUs will counter a billboard in Houston calling for the end to U.S. military aid to Israel.
StandWithUs is partnering with Bridge Houston, a group representing pro-Israel residents of that city, on an advertisement appearing from Feb. 24-March 25 that will state the following: “Tell Congress Not to Support Palestinian Groups Like Hamas Because They Don’t Want Peace.”
“It’s impossible to make peace with a group that teaches its children to hate Jews and that Israel does not exist,” StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein said in a statement. “Blaming Israel alone for the lack of peace ignores Palestinian extremism.”
Bridge Houston and StandWithUs previously collaborated on billboards reading “Save Gaza From Hamas. Teach PEACE Not Hate” in July 2009, which were placed in response to “Pray For Gaza” advertisements in Houston that followed Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2009.
“Groups that misrepresent the struggle for peace in the Middle East, by inaccurately casting blame on Israel, should be placed on notice that organizations such as StandWithUs and Bridge Houston will always respond to one-sided misinformation,” Rothstein and Ira Bleiweiss, founder and director of Bridge Houston, said in a joint statement.