‘Israel is a Racist Endeavor’ Posters Go Up in London
JNS.org – Londoners woke up on Thursday morning to find posters saying “Israel is a racist endeavor” on at least six bus stops, just two days after the UK Labour Party adopted a definition of antisemitism that characterizes the rejection of Israel’s right to exist as antisemitic.
An organization called London Palestine Action claimed responsibility for the images, posting images of them on their Twitter and Facebook accounts along with an explanation of why the existence of a Jewish state is racist.
London transportation officials and the advertising agency that typically sells the spaces where the posters went up said the posters in Westminster, Elephant and Castle, Bloomsbury and Waterloo Bridge constitute “vandalism,” and vowed to have them removed immediately.
The phrase on the posters is taken directly from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, which says that calling Israel a “racist endeavor” is inherently antisemitic.
The Labour Party adopted the definition in the wake of public outcry against party leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose statements about Jews and Israel have raised cries of antisemitism within the party.