Ad equating jihad with savagery debuts in New York City subway

By Reuters Staff
September 25, 2012

(Javeraea Khan, a Muslim-American, looks to hand out pamphlets challenging the “Support Israel/Defeat Jihad” advertisement (background) which was displayed on the walls of the Times Square subway station in New York September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

An inflammatory ad equating Islamic jihad with savagery was posted Monday in 10 New York City subway stations, even as much of the Muslim world was still seething over a California-made movie ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad.

The ad, sponsored by the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative, appeared after the Metropolitan Transit Authority lost a bid to refuse to post it on the grounds that it violated the agency’s policy against demeaning language. In July, a federal judge ruled it was protected speech and ordered the MTA to place the posters.

The ad, featuring mostly black-and-white lettering on 46-by-30-inch (117-by-72-cm) cardboard posters, will remain posted for a month, MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said.

“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” the ad reads. “Support Israel/Defeat Jihad.”

Pamela Geller, executive director for the ad’s sponsor group, rejected the MTA’s assertion the posters were demeaning.

“There’s nothing either hateful or false about my ad,” Geller said in an email.

Despite the controversy, most subway riders who passed the ad in a tunnel at the Times Square station Monday failed to notice it. Those who did were generally critical.

“Where is the protection of religion in America?” wondered Javerea Khan, 22, a Pakistani-born Muslim from the Bronx. “The word ‘savage’ really bothers the Muslim community. But it’s hard for me to look at this poster and take it seriously.”

Mel Moore, 29, a sports agent, said: “It’s not right, but it’s freedom of speech. To put it on a poster is just not right. But it caught my attention and I support freedom of speech, so you got to live with it.”

Australian tourist Peter Johnson, 50, who had just visited the memorial to the September 11 hijack plane attacks, said he felt it was “a bit harsh to call someone a savage, but I do think that extremist Muslims seem happy to kill anyone regardless of their race or religion.

“I would have used the word ‘barbaric.’”

Anders, the MTA spokeswoman, said the agency had not received any reports of vandalism against the posters.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative gained notoriety when it opposed creation of a Muslim community center near the site of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

via ‘Savage’ jihad ad debuts in New York City subway | Reuters.

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the poster needs a slap-in-the-face from rousseau

“The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society.

From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.

start with the umbrellas

Posted by scythe | Report as abusive

This great! We need to talk about this! If Islam is such a “religion of peace”, then why is it the only religion that consistently produces religiously-motivated terrorist attacks and KILLINGS for their allah and self proclaimed prophet?

Why are all of these MUSLIMS able to cut off an innocent person’s head, strap bombs to themselves, or fly planes into a building while screaming praises to their mAllah? Why do MUSLIMS recite verses from their Koran before they KILL? Where’s the outrage among other “not-muslim-enough” or “moderate” Muslims when this happens… and why do MUSLIMS get only worked up over freakin’ editorial cartoons in a Danish newspaper or a You Tube Video?!?

And why is it that muslims are silent (crickets) when a fellow muslims yells our ‘allah akbar’ before they KILL for Islam??

Indeed…WHY???

Posted by InfideHere | Report as abusive

@InfideHere, Ill tell you why, becuase people like you, drop bombs on them (Iraq, Afganistan), humiliate them (the Palestinians), make fun of there religion (Terry Jones).

I think the solution is for the Muslims to make ads of Isreal showing their apartheid, barbaric, terrorist state that drinks the blood of children during their holiday, Yom Kippur. I wonder if such an ad and video would be equally tolerated???

I DONT THINK SO……..

Posted by KyleDexter | Report as abusive

Kyle,

I am curious what is your excuse for “Honor” killings?

What is your excuse for their raping a young girl so that they feel they no longer have reason to live and are then pressured into strapping a bomb on themselves?

Who are they do dictate behaviors of others, but disrespect the religions of others?

Posted by avagadro | Report as abusive