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'Israeli War Crimes' signs to go on Seattle Metro buses | Seattle Area Local News by ALLEN SCHAUFFLER / KING 5 News SEATTLE – "Israeli War Crimes, actos in us" the enormous advertisement reads. Actos in us "Your tax dollars at work." To the right of the image is a group of children -- one little boy stares out at the viewer, actos in us the others gawk at a demolished building, actos in us all rebar and crumbled concrete. It's an ad you'll be seeing soon on a handful of Metro buses in downtown Seattle. A group calling itself the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign has paid King County $1, actos in us794 so that 12 buses will carry that message around town, actos in us starting two days after Christmas. That's December 27: the two-year anniversary of Israeli attacks on Gaza, actos in us aimed at stopping rocket attacks and weapons smuggling. Ed Mast, actos in us a Seattle man who is a spokesperson for the group, actos in us says it’s not meant to be an anti-Israel message, actos in us but a message designed to generate discussion and awareness. "I wouldn't say it's an anti-Israel message any more than any complaint about a country is anti-that country. We would like Israel to stop violating human rights. We would like Israel to give equal rights to its Palestinian citizens and its Palestinian subjects who live under occupation, actos in us" said Mast. At the Pacific Northwest office of the Anti-Defamation League, actos in us the ad campaign is seen quite a bit differently. "We're dismayed, actos in us" says Community Director Hilary Bernstein, actos in us who calls the bus-born advertisement grotesquely one-sided. "Citizens young and old will be seeing this sort of  propaganda, actos in us this very one-sided distortion. Actos in us It's unfortunate." So, actos in us is the side of a public bus the right place for this kind of attack? Are the issues that  regularly inflame one of the most flammable hot-spots in the world appropriate fare for people strolling the sidewalks of Seattle? As far as King County is concerned, actos in us it's not really up to them what appears on the side of  their buses, actos in us as long as it fits specific guidelines regarding: Pornography Alcohol Tobacco, actos in us and As long as the images and material used don't interfere with public safety or insult specific groups to the point that a riot could be incited, actos in us vandalism could occur or public safety could be threatened. King County Metro Transit spokesperson Linda Thielke acknowledges some people will be offended by the campaign, actos in us but that is not enough to prevent the rolling billboards from hitting the streets. "As a government, actos in us we are mindful of the provisions in state and federal constitutions to  protect freedom of speech. So, actos in us we can't object these campaigns simply because they  offend some people, actos in us" said Thielke. The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign has targeted their advertising so that the buses carrying their message will run mostly on Seattle routes.