TORONTO - The Toronto Transit Commission has rejected a proposal by the group Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) to run an anti-Israel ad that is "inaccurate and misleading," TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said.
"There are statements in the ad with respect to illegality and international law that the TTC
, in its legal opinion, believe are inaccurate and misleading and as could result in a specific group - in this case Israelis and/or Jewish people - being targeted or may lead to hatred or violence against that specific group," Ross
said that the CJPME ad submitted to the TTC
did contain the four maps, "but there are some statements made [that there has been] Palestinian loss of land, and then it says this is unfair and then there is a statement that it's also illegal under international law.
"We hang our hat on this particular language, and our legal opinion is that there has been no international court finding on illegality," he
The decision to reject the ad was made by TTC
staff, who reviewed it and determined it was unacceptable under the TTC's
advertising policy and the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards.
"The advertisements that run on the TTC
must comply with our policy, of course, but also adhere to all applicable laws and any guidelines that are set up by the Supreme Court of Canada
said that the CJPME has the right to appeal the decision.