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Detroit Billboard Project

GPS and Google-map geeks may refer to the following coordinates to locate what we believe is the only billboard in the entire Midwest (we could be wrong, please send photos) critical of US funding of Israel.


The rest of us can simply drive westbound from Detroit on Interstate 96 and observe the digital billboard on the south side of the highway at the Greenfield Road exit. There you will see:

This project was initiated last August and through the work of Alison Weir (, Dan McGowan (Deir Yassin Remembered), this writer (Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends), and other Michigan residents, finally has come to fruition.

For many years this writer has attempted to rent a billboard near Ann Arbor, only to be told that the owner was so fearful of Jewish pressure that he refused to enter negotiations, even when offered free legal support. Last summer, however, we observed near Bay City, Michigan the following billboard, southbound I-75 at mile marker 150:

At that point the game was on, and the Arab American News has been the first media outlet to break the story, the text of which appears after signature.

Readers are encouraged to make tax-deductible donations to keep this billboard project afloat. Please go to or and hit the “donate” button at top-right. Also indicate “Detroit Billboard Project” on checks and notes.


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Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
From Arab American News

Detroit billboard responds to Bay City ad, protests U.S. aid to Israel

Friday, 02.10.2012, 07:10pm
DETROIT — The latest episode in the Israel/Palestine public advertisement feud has unfolded in Michigan, but this time around, the pro-Palestinian side has had a fair chance to make its voice heard.
A new billboard protesting American aid to Israel to the tune of millions per day went up on Monday, Feb. 6, with the message “$8 Million/Day to Israel? Our Money is Needed in America!” along with a link to the website, which was founded by researcher Alison Weir and includes facts about Palestine and the Israeli occupation that aren’t shown in the mainstream media.
The digital billboard is shown at the Greenfield exit on westbound I-96 and will likely rotate for three months at various locations in metro Detroit, changing each month.
Henry Herskovitz of Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends, which has staged peaceful, silent vigils in front of Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor for over 8 years in order to persuade them to remove their Israeli flag because of the horrors of the occupation, said that the billboard is a project of various donors and the website. Herskovitz first noticed a pro-Israel billboard on I-75 at milepost last summer, which prompted him to spearhead the project and connect with the popular website.
The original billboard shows the message “Stand with Israel,” and is sponsored by We the People of Mid-Michigan and includes the U.S. and Israeli flags side by side.
The pro-Israel billboard was purchased by Rita Tilley of Bay City, a supporter of conservative pundit Glenn Beck who spent $2,500 of her savings. Tilley reportedly also bought a TV, which she did not own, just to watch Beck and called the lower price she received on the billboard a “miracle.”
The billboard against American aid to Israel is accepting donations at in the upper right hand corner of the site, called the ‘Detroit Billboard Project.’
Daniel McGowan, the executive director of the organization Dier Yassin Remembered (, which focuses on recognition of a 1948 massacre of Palestinians) and a contributor to the project, said the billboard will help spread much-needed awareness.
“This is a small attempt to counter the overwhelming mainstream media propaganda,” he said.
“Dier Yassin Remembered helped to initiate this billboard in the hope that others will contribute to speak truth to Zionist power that drains American treasure and blood for the benefit of an apartheid state.
This billboard is a symbol that blind support of racist Israel is antithetical to basic American values.”
According to, the U.S. Gives Israel through taxpayer dollars over $8 million per day, and taxes on the borrowed money from the private, non-governmental Federal Reserve Bank means that taxpayers pay interest on it, costing over $15 million per day.
The website said that an economist who conducted an audit for the Army War College found that as of 2003 Israel had cost Americans $3 trillion dollars because of the many associated and hidden costs of the support that is pledged each year.
Herskovitz said that he once traveled from Hebron in Palestine to Jerusalem and saw soldiers throw a young woman with three kids off the bus.
“A friend of the mother’s told me she was sick of what they were doing and asked me to tell their story in America,” he said. “I think that getting this message out is very important.”

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