Lamar Advertising pulls Anti-Israeli Aid Ads

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – An Albuquerque-based billboard company pulled ten billboards today that had featured a political message. The contract between a local grassroots group, the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, and Lamar Outdoor Advertising was supposed to be for eight weeks; the billboards were taken down after only three weeks.

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15 Replies to “Lamar Advertising pulls Anti-Israeli Aid Ads”

  1. Here is the related action altertL

    ACTION ALERT:
    http://www.Stop30Billion.com
    info@Stop30Billion.com

    BILLBOARDS CRITICIZING ISRAEL TAKEN DOWN FIVE WEEKS BEFORE CONTRACT HAD EXPIRED PLEASE CALL

    Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA–
    On Tuesday, April 28, 2009, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, a billboard company in Albuquerque, New Mexico abruptly removed 10 billboards that had been purchased by the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel. The billboards (photo is attached) featured an image of an Israeli tank and a Palestinian girl with the message: Tell Congress: Stop Killing Children. End Military Aid to Israel.”

    The Stop $30 Billion Coalition believes the billboards were pulled in response to pro-Israeli pressure. A contract had been signed for eight weeks; the billboards were taken down after only three weeks.

    We, the members of the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, call on all people of conscience to call Lamar at the phone numbers below and tell them “I am calling to express my opposition to Lamar’s removal of the Billboards advocating an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. I demand the billboards be re-posted immediately.”

    Micheal Mons
    Lamar General Manager Abq/El Paso
    1-800-334-2236 #106
    mmons@lamar.com

    Lamar Albuquerque Headquarters
    136 Louisiana Blvd NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87108

    (505) 255-4460‎
    (505) 266-5985

  2. Yeah, I go the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. This was also in our school newspaper.

  3. These adds are a little incendiary don’t you think? There is a more effective way to be persuasive than to use the most hyperbolic terms possible to illustrate a point. In Houston, TX we have “pray4gaza.org” billboards up in various parts of the city. No one asked them to take them down, no need for a petition and the message is resonating with Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

  4. Is this not freedom of speech in action?

    I would beg to differ that this is the definition of freedom of speech mixed with hints of good ole southern hospitality and strong will. An organization saw something they wanted removed and took the necessary steps to ensure it be done. While it’s unfortunate that precious money,time, and energy were wasted removing a positive change in the world at least the world is changing.

  5. speaking of energy wasted–and on a slightly unrelated tip– I saw MR blog listed on topmuslim blogs.com and came here just to click back to their site just so that your blog could move up a ranking but, fail to see a link which is perhaps why your ratings dropped.

    I’m bitter.

  6. “because the humanitarian message of the billboards supports equal rights for the Palestinian people, thereby necessitating criticism of Israel. ”

    Sorry thats BS. All that the billboard was advocating was abandoning Israel/cutting aid. There is nothing “humanitarian” in the poster.

    Now getting back to the real world, does anyone know what type of charter Lamar Outdoor Advertising has? Some companies have charters that ban religious or political messages.

  7. Yup… our Dawah Committee in our Masjid in Albuquerque is responsible for these signs mashaAllah.

    They are actually in alliance with other human rights organizations to put these signs up…. inshaAllah more to come on that 🙂

  8. “Oh yeah, I guess being the main fund for groups who are NOT humanitarian, is not against humanitarianism. Is that your implication?”

    My point is that the point that is being made isn’t really humanitarian. Its political. and there is nothing wrong with that, but lets not pretend that this is humanitarian.

  9. The usage of words don’t help. Stuff about killing children or war crimes. Whether it be Israel, Iraq or Afghanistan. It’s really no surprise they’re taken down. We all know that the Government/Military doesn’t want that drama.

  10. The poster was a lie. We can’t be teaching people hate…but the truth should always be told. Hamas and other Palestinians are responsible for the childrens death. If they would fight like real men and stop hiding behind children, they would get a bit more respect. What they do is unforgiveable.

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