UPDATED: Q&A Video now available! (See below).
On January 24, Dr Hani Faris, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia and President of the independent American think tank Trans Arab Research Institute (TARI), spoke to a packed hall at Simon Fraser University on a series of transit advertisements featuring maps of Palestine.
Video of Dr Faris’ talk:
In fall 2013, the Palestine Awareness Coalition posted four maps on Vancouver`s TransLink buses and SkyTrain stations entitled Disappearing Palestine. This ad campaign received wide attention & media coverage at both the provincial & national levels.
The Zionist organization StandWithUs attacked the maps and the Coalition, called on Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) to remove the ads &, together with other Israel lobby groups, threatened to take the Coalition & TransLink, Vancouver’s public transportation authority, to court. When threats did not work, StandWithUs ended up initiating a counter ad featuring three maps.
The event was sponsored by the Palestine Awareness Coalition and endorsed by Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, Canada Palestine Association, Independent Jewish Voices — Vancouver, and Seriously Free Speech Committee. Video by Jase Tanner.