Anti-Balfour campaign ‘breaches rules’, say Transport for London

Black cabs bearing 'Make It Right' anti-Israel ads unfit to hire passengers until wording removed.

Mordechai Sones,

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The Jewish Chronicle reports that London taxis advertising Arab objections to the Balfour Declaration violate policy and are “deeply offensive” to the Jewish community, Transport for London has confirmed.

Anti-Israel operatives launched a campaign entitled “make it right” in which 52 black cabs displayed a logo to “raise awareness about the consequences of the Balfour Declaration which subsequently led to the forced expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948”.

The campaign, commissioned by the Palestinian Mission to the UK, earlier included advertisements displayed at underground stations and on buses as the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of the signing approaches.

According to the JC, Claire Alabdalla, TfL’s customer services adviser, confirmed that black cabs carrying the ads were deemed “unfit” to hire passengers.

Ms Alabdalla wrote: “This signage is not authorised by TfL, and breaches our policies regarding advertisements on taxis licensed by us.

“Political statements of this nature are never acceptable. Our licensed taxi drivers have a duty to be seen as politically neutral at all times.

“Also, as part of the terms and conditions of a taxi owner or driver’s licence, he or she must act ‘to promote good relations between persons of different racial groups, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation’.

“I have seen the ‘Make it Right’ advertisement you’re referring to, as it’s already been reported to us.

“Taxis found to be displaying this signage are liable to be issued with ‘unfit’ notices by our compliance officers, which means they cannot be used to ply for hire again until the offending advertisement has been removed.”

The taxis were supposed to drive near the signing's centennial events and a rally organized among others by Christian Zionists at the Albert Hall.




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