Anti-Jihad Ads Posted in NYC Subway Stations (UPDATED)

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 12:56 PM

Subway rider Javerea Khan reads anti-Jihad poster at the Times Square Station of the NYC subway. (Photo by Jim O'Grady)

UPDATE 9/25/2012 12:45 pm: Barely a day later, and the ads in many stations have already been creatively defaced by a what appears to be vigilante poster graffiti.

(New York, NY – WNYC) A controversial ad is now up in ten New York City subway stations. The ad features two Stars of David and paraphrases a quote by Ayn Rand, saying, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” followed by the tag line, “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

The American Freedom Defense Initiative, an advocacy group, paid $6,000 to buy space for the message. The NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority turned down the ad when the group submitted it a year ago on grounds that it violated a provision in the authority's advertising code that bars “demeaning” speech. A federal court ruled last week that the ad was protected under the First Amendment (full ruling here).

Javerea Khan, a 22 year-old student from the Bronx who is a Muslim of Pakistani origin, disapproved of the message. “It’s hard for me to look at this poster and actually take it seriously," she said, adding that most Muslims view jihad primarily as "an inner struggle to be closer to God. But when your religion is attacked, you go out and fight against it. We need to fight against this bigotry."

Paul Plunkett, a 29 year-old tourist from Georgia, viewed the ad differently. "I agree with it," he said. "I agree in supporting Israel. We help set up the country, we might as well. They're our strongest ally in the Middle East. And any religious extremism should be put down: jihad would be Muslim extremism."


Comments [8]


Quite simply, such ads do not help the cause for which she seeks support. It is reaction that mainly fuels the fire of more reaction, while leaving others to just shake their heads. I do not question freedom of speech, but when a community freely opposes the presentation, one might rethink one's tactics.

Oct. 01 2012 05:26 PM
Sara AlHarbi *Proud Muslim*

How could you support a country where innocent children are killed , Palestinian homes are bombed and robbed, And women are raped by soldires.

Oct. 01 2012 02:41 PM
Just saying...

Hey, do you remember that time the Palestinians penned everyone behind a walled, turned off the water, barred food and medical supplies, damaged a few flotillas, invaded mainly unarmed people using chemical weapons and not allowing the media into the area to report it, accused people of hating them when they are criticized, destroyed homes, settled on contested lands, and claimed to be in mortal danger while holding nuclear weapons and having the large superpower in the world as your largest finanical ally? yeah, me neither

Sep. 26 2012 11:37 PM

The Palestinians have decided to take their fight to the world legally and have abstained from violence now. If only the rest of the arab world would follow suit we might all be better off.... And they might find they will get what they want faster...

Sep. 26 2012 11:44 AM

I'm sick to my stomach to think I live in such a world where the Israelis think they are so superior they can put out an add like this. Everyone is retarded.... war is stupid.

Pretty sure "Israel" is not a religion, nor is it civilized... Civil people are not aggressive they are diplomatic.

Sep. 25 2012 09:16 PM
Robert D. Martin

My impression of the ad was that it showed an obviously *not* savage jung woman, presumably Muslim, who while reading the ad did not take offense to it.

I read/hear from all sides posting here and elsewhere that there be "jihad" meaning striving to attain to a holy walk in life well-pleasing unto Allah but that there also be an understanding of "jihad" as defending Islam from affront or attacks.

Yet there is ever again in the news evidence made plain that "jihad" also to extremists be a war-cry of sorts, intended to provoke support of the self-same extremists and of their views and violent actions.

To me clearly the ad calls upon us all, regardless whether we adhere to some faith or not to not support such extremists nor their calls to action nor their actions.

Regardless who be guilty of savagery, let there be at last an end sought to it.

Palestinians and Israelis and all other interested parties, let there be peaceful coexistence at last not just in the Middle East.

Sep. 25 2012 12:35 PM

Ironically, these ads are anti-Israel, they're so stupid and make no sense. Geller says they're not bigoted.

Sep. 25 2012 11:00 AM

smoke & mirrors....

Sep. 25 2012 10:14 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.