Posters highlighting the plight of Palestinians were plastered and swiftly removed on the London Underground past weekend.
London Palestine Action, a pro-Palestinian activist group involved in the “Israel Apartheid Week” campaign, put up the posters criticizing Israel’s 2014 military offensive in the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of over 2,251 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 551 children, and 66 Israel Defense Forces soldiers.
“It’s to highlight the illegality of Israel’s occupation of Palestine and the involvement of British companies there,” one of its activists said, according to Haaretz.
The ads also condemned the IDF’s emotional, physical and sexual abuse of Palestinian children in Israeli military prisons as well as illegal expansionism in the West Bank — all of which has been documented and denounced by different international human rights organizations.
However, the ads were seen as anti-Israel propaganda — posted without authorization — and even attracted the attention of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who demanded their immediate removal.
The incident occurred less than a week after the British government moved to pass legislation that would prohibit universities, local government, councils and student unions from involvement in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a controversial global campaign against Israeli aggression until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights.
Although Britain says the proposal aims to curb anti-Semitism, many say the Israel boycott is not against Jews but against the divisive Israeli government policies that have negatively affected the lives of thousands of Palestinians in the Middle East.