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"Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah." That's his Jihad. What's yours? - An ad campaign sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Agency plans to pass a new regulation this month allowing it to ban an ad the US courts say that it must run.

The ad, submitted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, portrays a man wearing a kefiyyah (Arab man’s head scarf) wrapped around his face in the manner of an Islamist. The ad carries a quote attributed to “Hamas MTV” that says, “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.” Just below is the kicker line: “That’s his jihad. What’s yours?”

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The MTA has been fighting for months against the AFDI, which contends that its Constitutional right of freedom of speech should support its right to post the ad.

An MTA attorney submitted a letter to Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court today (Friday, April 24, 2015), however, giving due notice the agency’s board of directors would vote on a proposal changing the MTA property to a “limited public forum”. The vote, set for April 29, would enable the MTA to reject “all advertisements of a political nature” – and thus the AFDI ad as well.

It was Judge Koeltl who ruled this past Tuesday in favor of the organization, forcing the MTA to run the ad. The judge said in his decision that the ad campaign run by the pro-Israel group on buses and trains did not meet criteria for incitement, as the MTA argued.

MTA officials “underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements,” Koeltl ruled. “Moreover, there is no evidence that seeing one of these advertisements on the back of a bus would be sufficient to trigger a violent reaction. Therefore, these ads – offensive as they may be – are still entitled to First Amendment protection.”

AFDI president Pam Geller called the ruling a “triumph for liberty and free speech.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

90 COMMENTS

  1. This is against everything that America stands for or should I say , stood for . That something like this could be hung on a public bus , inciting to killing Jews , in the USA is despicable and against the law. This isn’t Iran or Turkey.

  2. I guess Muslims win again. They can put this hate speech on NY transit and that is fine with this administration, but say one word about Muslims or the fact they kill anyone who does not believe in what they believe and not a word is mentioned. I also blame the communist Mayor of NY for allowing this.

  3. BRILLIANT MUSLIM STUPIDITY DEMONSTRATED —– Ha Ha Ha

  4. Fred, while your words are harsh, you are unfortunately absolutely correct. Judging from the majority of asinine comments on this article, either people don’t read or they simply don’t get irony. FOR THE RECORD: THIS AD IS PAID FOR BY a radical PRO/Israel group. It is mocking the Muslims desire to kill Jews. It is poorly worded, ineffective and confusing. It is further inciting hatred on both sides.

  5. why doin’t they show their faces, They might know they would be identiffied our history, in real life and in tv shows the bad man wears a rag so shoot every 3rd of them you see. example is shoot one then count to 3 1 2n3 shoot the next one then count 1 2 3 and shoot. kind a like the movies in the 60’ds where you would race from ney ork to sf and try to run over as many people you could each person had a point system. could we do that here.

  6. The world is upside-down. Think about it. What gets attention? Bad behavior. What gets rewarded with TV show deals? Bad behavior. What gets condemned? Jewish/Christian values. I can go on and on …

  7. It is sad that you all believe that is it ok to portray Muslims as killers on New York subway
    Didn’t the Nazi propaganda portray Jews in such a negative way before starting the process of extermination
    Jews should carry the torch against slandering a whole group of people because of the action is some
    This would apply to Muslims too
    They should not accuse every Jew with the mistakes of some

  8. it is time the American jew wakes up they have had it to good in America for to long and the only thing they do is use this country to suck money out of, they could care less about are country , and they even care much less about Israel they only care about them selves , that is why they voted for Obama , but finally the people caught on to them , and how they are all ways trying to use people

  9. I thought the point is to expose these savages and raise awareness. It got your attention didn’t it? People are finally talking about. It’s like an advertisment injection for an american disease called cognitive dissonance. Ignoring the issue doesn’t it make go away.

  10. Is it tolerance out of apathy? I think people are scared that America will start resembling Europe. They see how the gov. Is reacting , the mounting anti -Semitism, Pres. Obama going out of his way to humiliate Netanyahu. The lines are blurred. Once upon a time , there were good guys and bad guys. Very clear and simple . Perhaps they feel that they have no one to turn to?

  11. THE REALITY

    “Adolf Hitler’s violence with the Jews was far more peaceful, because he killed people in the most up-to-date gas chambers, where you don’t take much time.” -“Thousands of people can be put in a gas chamber, and just a switch is pressed. Within a second you will not know when you were alive and when you died. Within a second, you evaporate.” – “The chimneys of the factory start taking you, the smoke –you can call it the holy smoke – and this seems to be a direct way towards God. The smoke simply goes upwards.”

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