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Wed., Sept. 11, 2013, 1:16 p.m.

North Idaho freeway becomes site of billboard battle over aid to Israel

An 8-mile section of I-90 in North Idaho has become the unlikely scene for a billboard battle over U.S. aid to Israel, now that a billboard in Coeur d’Alene criticizing U.S. military aid to Israel has prompted a second billboard to go up Tuesday in Post Falls celebrating the alliance. Spokesman-Review reporter Scott Maben reports that foreign policy feels out of place on the stretch of freeway, where advertisements normally highlight pickup trucks, lottery jackpots and tribal casinos.

The first billboard, which suggests the money would be better spent at home, also is upsetting to some in the area’s Jewish community, in part because it went up right before the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. You can read Maben's full story here at Two groups that helped fund the differing billboards are engaged in similar billboard battles across the country.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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