Translation / Interpretation / Caption Text

Sighting: Cork, Ireland - 2013


Curator's note: This poster is a remix of a 2004 Blue Star poster, Free To Be, which may be viewed here


Analysis / Interpretation / Press

Israeli tourism billboards have been repeatedly vandalised in Cork, Ireland's second largest city.
On April 22nd, seven Israeli tourism adverts were placed around the city, encouraging the public to "Visit Israel" with pictures showing scenes of people dining or having fun in the Jewish State.
The adverts read, "Visit Israel" with a large "Irish4Israel' banner across the bottom.
But within 24 hours of being up on various bus stops, the posters were defaced with anti-Israel propaganda. Stickers reading "Boycott" were placed over the word "Visit' so the billboards read, "Boycott Israel". In addition to this, speech bubbles were plastered over people's mouths in the photos which read, "Israel has destroyed 530 Palestinian torns and villages".
Even after the billboards were cleaned and returned to their original state, they were vandalised again within hours.