'Israeli Apartheid week' kicked off on Monday with a fly poster campaign on London Underground trains.

Different designs reading "Apartheid is great” and criticising UK security contractor G4S for working in Israel and the lack of BBC reporting on Palestinian deaths have reportedly popped up on over 500 trains overnight:

A Transport for London spokesperson told Indy100 that the ads were not authorised and steps were being taken to remove them:

It is fly posting and therefore an act of vandalism which we take extremely seriously.

Israeli Apartheid Week originally began as a protest against illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Since its inception in 2005, it now takes place in a number of countries and cities all over the world.

According to Human Rights Watch's 2015 World Report, 400 hectares of land has been forcibly taken from Palestinians and used to build Israeli settlements. The UN says hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced as a result.

The posters that have cropped up on Tube trains also protest Israel's 2014 Operation Protective edge in Gaza, in which over 2000 Palestinians were killed - 70 per cent of whom were civilians.

A London Jewish Forum spokesperson said:

These posters are awful smears that do nothing to contribute to peace and dialogue, placing significant strains on inter-community relations across London.

Indy100 has reached out to the Israeli Apartheid week organisers for comment.

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