Subways to Display Controversial 'Jihad' Ad

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Transit officials say an ad it initially rejected for its "demeaning" language is expected to appear at 10 subway stations next week.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Aaron Donovan told The New York Times "Our hands are tied."

A Manhattan federal court judge ruled in July that the MTA violated the First Amendment rights of the group seeking to place the ad, The American Freedom Defense Initiative.

The ad states "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man." It adds, "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad," in between two Stars of David.

Donovan said the MTA might consider revising its ad policy at its board meeting next week.

New York's Council on American-Islamic Relations called the ad an attempt to "define Muslims" through hate speech.


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Mark Bernadiner

"Great" arab inventions. Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech

Read: “History of Middle Ages” Professor Nikolay A. Osokin, Textbook (in Russian), Publishing house: Imperial University Printing Office, Kazan, 1888, 771 pp.; Publisher: ACT, Harvest, Moscow, 2008, 672 pp. (reprint)
In his Cairo speech, Obama accredited to arabs all fundamental inventions human race made over centuries. None of the Obama mentioned is true, as every person graduated from credible high school knows. However, it does not mean that arabs, great nation with centuries of history, has no inventions critical for human life. They have and here they are:
1. Ethnic Cleansing - invented centuries ago, implemented over 2000 years ago in Israel when they occupied Israel and disseminated Jews around the world; from 1948 through 1953 arab countries expelled a million Jews and stole their properties; in 1974, Turkish armed forces invaded Cyprus, captured 36 percent of its territory, partitioned the island, implemented a policy of “ethnic cleansing” and sent close to 200,000 Greek Cypriots southward as refugees who lost their property, desecrated churches and cemeteries, and in 1983 declared the northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus; in 1999, Kosovo Liberation Army stormed homes of the last 15 Jews in Kosovo’s capital, who had to clear out, with just the clothes on their backs; recently, Jews in Yemen were under attack and have been relocated to Britain.
2. Genocide – invented by Turks and implemented in 1915–1917 in Armenia: over 1.5 mln. Armenians, including children, died.
3. Holocaust – invented by Haj Amin al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, in 1920s in Palestine (occupied territory of the State of Israel); implemented in Palestine in 1920s-30s; in 1941, Haj Amin al Husseini brought the Holocaust idea to Hitler and helped him to implement Holocaust in Europe 1941-45; he organized in Europe two islamofascist brigades that operated under SS control, had their own concentration camp, and killed tens of thousand of Europeans, including Jews.
Islam is based on three fundamental principles:
1. Stealing
2. Killing, and
3. Lying
Koran says:
"Slay them wherever you find them. Fight against them till idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns supreme" (Sura 2:190),
"Seek out your enemies relentlessly" (Sura 4:103),
"Make war on them till idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme" (Sura 8:36),
"When the sacred months are over slay the unbelievers wherever you find them. Arrest them, beseige them and lie in ambush everywhere for them" (Sura 9:5),
"Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you" (Sura 9:121),
"When you meet the unbelievers on the battlefield strike off their heads" (Sura 47:3),
"Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate" (Sura 66:7).
Koran is Islamic Mein Kamf. Islam is fascist cult and must be eliminated from the earth.

Sep. 20 2012 12:00 PM
Bloomie from NYC

Clearly what is needed in the melting pot of New York City is reconciliation, not polarization. I applaud the MTA for rejecting the ad. At least one of the organizers of "The American Freedom Defense Initiative" is responsible for provoking and fanning the antipathy against the proposed Islamic community center on Park Place in lower Manhattan.

Sep. 19 2012 04:33 PM
Max from Manhattan

"A"civilized" society would not allow this ad. Its up to the MTA to show some courage and say no to this ad."

It sounds like the MTA did show some courage and reject the ad. A federal judge overturned that rejection as a matter of protecting free speech.

I think that it goes beyond whether you can classify our society as civilized or not...the issue is curiously nuanced. I believe in the right for hate groups to have as much freedom of speech as anyone else, even if I thoroughly disagree with them. Yet here you have an ad that would essentially shout an extremely simplified polarized view at a great number of our citizens, many of whom it would offend by unfairly equating them with violence by implication. At the same time, as a Jew, I resent that the ad would unfairly imply my inclusion in the sentiment against my fellow citizens. Those are my feelings on the ad...and yet the text of it as face value mentions no specific ethnic/religious group or people. So what do you do? You cannot indict by virtue of subjective implication.

I imagine that if the ad more specifically directed hate toward muslims then there would be more of a case for preventing the ad, but I'm not a lawyer and so I have no idea how you'd construct the legal case against it.

Sep. 19 2012 02:47 PM
jeff from brooklyn

A"civilized" society would not allow this ad. Its up to the MTA to show some courage and say no to this ad.

Sep. 19 2012 12:46 PM
Anthony from Manhattan

It seems to me unwise to incite the anger of religious groups. How can riders stop this from taking place?

Sep. 19 2012 12:26 PM

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