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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 25, 2013 at 5:57 AM

Political ads on Metro buses

Ads are misleading

The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) bus ads are misleading and untrue. [“Dueling bus ads reveal under-radar change in Metro’s policies,” page one, July 19.]

The ads falsely assert that the Palestinian Authority is calling for “a Jew-free state.”

Back in 2011, the Israeli prime minister declared that there will be a permanent presence of Israeli soldiers and illegal Israeli settlers (who are Jewish) in any future Palestinian state. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not permit that.

Abbas’ stated refusal of what would amount to a permanently “occupied” Palestinian state was taken out of context, and written up in the media as the untruth we see now in AFDI ads. The Palestinian Authority even corrected the false claims.

King County Metro’s policy that permits a public debate of issues on bus ads can be a good thing, as long as the messages are true. Metro policy calls for truth, but says it’s up to advertisers to certify the verity of their message.

Since the AFDI boasted that it bullied Metro into running the ads by threatening a lawsuit, it would be fine poetic justice for Metro to seek damages from AFDI for assuring Metro the ads are true when in fact they are false!

Linda Frank, Tacoma

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