Transport for London (TfL), the company which runs London's underground train service, has said it will be removing the series of anti-Israel ads plastered throughout its trains.
Dozens of the posters – which smear the State of Israel as an "apartheid state" – were hung in an apparently organized operation by anti-Israel activists in honor of "Israel Apartheid Week," during which activists ramp up campaigns attacking Israel, and regularly harass Jewish and pro-Israel university students.
The posters – many of them bearing graphic images – were carefully sized to fit into regular advertising spaces on trains, making them look as if they were officially posted as ads with TfL's consent.
Chairman of the Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, told party activists during a faction meeting that he had complained to London authorities over the ads.
But in a statement Monday TfL said the "ads" were not in fact OKed by them, and as such constituted vandalism.
"These are not authorised adverts. It is fly posting and therefore an act of vandalism which we take extremely seriously," the statement read. "Our staff and contractors are working to immediately remove any found on our network.”
Pro-Israel activists and other shocked passersby tore down most of them, according to activists and witnesses who spoke to Arutz Sheva Monday.