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Aug 30, 2013 at 03:31 PM

The "Disappearing Palestine" ad campaign on Translink, Metro Vancouver's public transit system, which started August 27th, 2013, has triggered a storm of responses, positive and negative. Here are a few examples.

Announcements of the opening of the campaign:

Even before the ads became public, Zionist organizations reacted with outrage, attempts to shut the campaign down, and threats of legal action. Translink responded with a summary of their advertising policy.

Most of the news media coverage has focused on the Zionist response to the campaign rather than the actual content of the ads. Fortunately, most articles have also featured a prominent illustration of the ad image, helping to spread the information far wider than the audience of the ad campaign itself. 

Media opinion pieces displayed an interesting range of responses:
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