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The battle for free speech begins yet again in New York City. Last week, CBS Outdoor and the New York City Transit Authority approved an anti-Semitic ad campaign to run in over 1,000 subway cars. The ad calls for cutting off support for the Jewish state. Freedom lovers and the human-rights organization the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), of which I am executive director, submitted a pro-Israel campaign to counter this Jew-hatred and historical revisionism. But CBS Outdoor and the NYC Transit Authority banned our pro-Israel subway ads – while continuing to run the repulsive anti-Semitic, anti-Israel ads.
The anti-Semitic ad campaign has been bouncing from city to city. We successfully fought back against racism and Judeophobia in Seattle, when Clear Channel also caved in to Jew haters, running their hateful ad while refusing our pro-Israel ads. After AFDI protested, Clear Channel canceled the Jew-hating campaign and took their billboards down. While I would have preferred to see our magnificent ads up, that was an excellent second best. But the anti-Israel ads have run in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., while our pro-Israel ads have been rejected in those cities also. The minimum buy for such ads runs between $20,000 and $36,000; who is funding the racist haters?
Howard Marcus of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) told me that our ad “contains language that, in our view, does not conform with the MTA’s advertising standards regarding ads that demean an individual or group of individuals.” The AFDI ad says, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, Defeat Jihad.”
The MTA’s problem is with the word “savage,” and mainstream media news reports have stated falsely that the ads are “anti-Muslim,” calling every Muslim a savage. Of course New York Daily News reporter Pete Donahue resorted to Muslim Brotherhood smears like “anti-Muslim” and “anti-Islam” when referring to me. It seems that the leftist media are unable to accurately report anything. I am, in fact, counter-jihad. The New York Post started out a bit more even handed, calling me merely “controversial,” although it described my ad as inflammatory. Truth is inflammatory.
Then in a follow-up piece the next day, I went from controversial to radical. Who is spiking Post reporter Jennifer Fermino’s Kool-Aid? Lay off the Muslim Brotherhood sources, Jen. I am a “radical”? Truth is radical. Morality is radical. But a genocidal ideology is not radical or savage. The media are utterly corrupt, and the culture is subsumed by evil and the inability or unwillingness to distinguish between right and wrong. In my new book, “Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance,” I show just how bad things have gotten, and what we must do to stop this now.
The ad is actually referring to the Islamic jihadists who are determined to destroy Israel. And they are savage.
Tell me again why the word “savage” is inaccurate. Everyone is shocked (shocked, I tell ya) by the use of the word savage for savages. As long as the Palestinian Authority continues its savage policy to foment violence and promote hatred, and teaches its children to hate, the number of young Muslims willing to blow themselves up or to slit Israeli throats will continue to increase. That is savage. The Palestinian Authority propaganda of “Holocaust denial, racial slurs, anti-Jewish epithets and glorification of terrorists” is savage.
The targeting of civilians is savage. The relentless 60-year campaign of terror against the Jewish people is savage. The torture of hostage Gilad Shalit is savage. The bloody hacking to death of the Fogel family was savage. Munich was savage. The unspeakable torture of Ehud Goldwasser was savage. The tens of thousands of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel (into schools, homes, etc.) are savage. The vicious Jew-hatred behind this genocide is savage. The endless demonization of the Jewish people in the Palestinian and Arab media is savage. The refusal to recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state is savage.
The list is endless.
But we are supposed to tiptoe around the savages, so as not to enflame the savages.
The very idea that the MTA would censor free speech in defense of the blasphemy laws under the Shariah speaks volumes as to the success of the stealth jihad in America. How many New Yorkers find the anti-Semitic ads the MTA approved offensive and bigoted, and constituting incitement against the Jews? But they ran them anyway. Our ads are not nearly as controversial, but they are pro-Israel, pro-freedom.
I hope the MTA is prepared to go to the Supreme Court, because we are.
Note: Here is a local TV story about Pamela Geller’s fight for free speech in New York: