An advertisement in Chapel Hill Transit buses calling for an end to U.S. occupation in Israel has been temporarily removed — but not before drawing criticism from several concerned residents.
Chapel Hill Transit removed the ad because it failed to list a contact for Chapel Hill’s Church of Reconciliation, which purchased the ad.
The ad featured two men, one Palestinian and one Israeli, both holding their grandchildren, with a tagline that read, “Join with us. Build peace with justice and equality. End U.S. military aid to Israel.”
Rev. Mark Davidson, the church’s pastor, said he expects the ad to be back up in buses by Tuesday.
In a letter to the church, Town Manager Roger Stancil said the ad could be reposted if the church reprints it with a proper disclaimer.
Regulations set by the council in July 2011 allow political, religious and issue-based ads, but only with a disclaimer saying who purchased the ad and how to contact the purchaser.
The ad first appeared Aug. 13 on 98 of Chapel Hill Transit’s 121 buses and was meant to run for one year.
The town has received five complaints about the ad’s content since it first appeared.
Chapel Hill resident Dan May sent an email to the Chapel Hill Town Council Aug. 14 voicing his concern about having political advertisements in town buses.