Anti-Semitic Posters Placed At London Bus Stops (Randyjw; September 6, 2018)
World Israel News reports today that four posters with the anti-Semitic slur, “Israel is a racist endeavour,” written upon them were placed in at least four locations at bus stop terminals around London, with one even being posted across from Parliament. Transport for London (TfL) has responded that these were not authorized by the transit authority and they have instructed their contractors to remove them.
This is not the first of these incidents: I believe, some time ago, I saw the same poster, with the black and the red, on the side of a bus in one of the cities, which I frequent. I don’t recall whether the wording was spelled for an American audience, however, in the matter of “endeavor,” versus “endeavor”.
The United Kingdom has been having a particularly difficult time distancing itself from anti-Semitic expressions, as of late. Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the Labour Party, has been extremely active in his support for Palestinian aspirations, whether they seem to involve laying a wreath in honor of the terrorists who died after committing the Munich Massacre of the 11 Israeli members of the Olympic team, or other such sympathetic gestures and vocalizations.
The refractive glare of the surface next to the text in the poster seems to reflect the buildings in the near vicinity of the environment. This glare seems to come from what appears to be a transparent surface covering over the poster, such as glass, or, perhaps, something similar. The visual seems to me to represent glass.
I wondered how these posters, then, could get beneath this covering, if they were “not authorized” by the transit authority.
The structural frame for the “advertisement” indicates the company name of the outdoor advertising agency, JCDecaux. I did an internet search on Google, and found their websites and other outside information. Their website indicates that 55% of their staff is involved in the upkeep of the ad sites, including the repair and maintenance of such, and showcases a photograph of a person drawing a small squeegee across an apparently empty advertisement frame, to give an indication of the type of service one could expect as an advertiser with the Company. The Company website also indicates that they maintain subsidiaries in many of the markets.
What I wonder is, How easily accessible are these advertisement frames to vandalism? The vandal, if there was one, did such a neat job of cleaning the “glass”. It’s centered, and just the right size to fit within the parameters of the framing structure. Were they possibly placed there by a contractor? Are there no security features to prevent such vandalism? Are they so easily attacked?
I just wrote an email to JCDecaux (United Kingdom) to inquire as to how this could have occurred, but the matter is apparently under investigation by the police, and so I will probably receive either a form letter indicating that they cannot comment on an ongoing investigation, or I may receive no response at all. Here is what I wrote to them, although I corrected myself in this post in identifying the Company versus the transit authority. See the photograph at World Israel News:
World Israel News Staff. “London bus stops defaced with ‘Israel is a racist endeavour’ posters”; September 6, 2018):
Read the email to JCDecaux:
I read an article today on World Israel News which reported that several incidents of posters with the words, ‘Israel is a racist endeavor (‘endeavour’ -ed.)’, appeared in your bus stop advertising holders. While the article reported that the reply was that these were not authorized by the Company (fixed in post to read: Transport for London (TfL) – ed.), it appears from the glare in the photograph that the poster(s) were placed beneath the glass. While I understand that there are multiple subsidiary entities beneath the main Company, I still have several questions: Your website states that 55% of your staff are dedicated to repairing, maintenance, and upkeep of the sites. How did the posters get beneath the glass? Didn’t any employees notice this? I also believe I have seen the same poster on buses in the city where I’ve resided, some time ago (undisclosed, as I do not wish to reveal, as is my prerogative). Are your structures so easily attacked? Are there no security features to prevent “unauthorized” access?
Update (September 18, 2018):
I apologize for the delay in not earlier updating this post. On September 7, 2018, I received two email replies with regard to the Company, sent within less than thirty minutes apart, referencing the above-listed. Both responses were essentially the same, with some basic, inconsequential differences in word choice. Both emails indicated that these acts were (regarded as) vandalism, and were not (considered) advertising. One thanked me for getting in touch. Neither offered apology, nor explanation as to how this “vandalism” could have occurred. Will the investigation locate a perpetrator? This remains to be seen/reported.