The aggressively uber-left Israeli newspaper has written a piece on our recent win in the landmark decision of AFDI vs MTA. Of course they cite all the usual uber-left suspects as legitimate sources (like the AFDI Threat to Freedom SPLC and the dhimmi Jewicidal ADL) to smear my organization, but that doesn't surprise you, does it? The media always hunts for quotes from subversives to smear our work. Have they ever sought quotes extolling our organization for our dedication to freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, individual rights, and the rights of women and non-Muslims under the Sharia? Ever? Get real.
Did they ask me for comment on these smears from the left that they published without any critical examination? Again, get real.
These old Stalinists never change. *yawn*
Haaretz even shows the wrong ad. The precedent-setting legal win is about our pro-Israel ad (below), "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, Defeat Jihad." Instead, they show a silly ad showing two children hugging, obviously a Jewish boy and a Muslim boy wearing the keffiyeh (the war scarf and icon of Islamic Jew-hatred). Ridiculous. What next? A child of the Shoah hugging a Nazi SS youth?
What I did learn from Cohen's article is that the Jew-hater, Henry Clifford, who is running the anti-Jewish ads, plans to expand his campaign to posters in transit stations in Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. Help us counter his lies and propaganda with the facts. Donate to our pro-Israel ads here.
"The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Coming to an ad near you" Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Haaretz July 30, 2012
A messaging war over Israel-Palestine is being waged in public spaces across the U.S.
But the advertising duel over Israel may come to an end in New York City if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates buses, subways and the Metro-North trains, decides to revamp its policy and stop accepting political, or “viewpoint,” advertisements – a shift currently under consideration, according to agency sources.
The MTA is considering changing its policy after losing a case in federal court for rejecting an anti-Muslim, pro-Israel advertisement. The judge ruled on July 20 that the MTA violated the First Amendment rights of Pamela Geller and her group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, when it rejected its advertisement reading, “In Any War between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man.” Lower down it says, "Support Israel; Defeat Jihad," with Stars of David on either side.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has deemed Geller's group and her blog, Atlas Shrugs, hate groups. The MTA formally rejects an advertisement about once a year for not meeting its advertising guidelines, said spokesman Aaron Donovan, but this was the first time in 15 years it rejected one for being demeaning.
In a statement, the MTA said it “is evaluating its existing advertising standards in light of the court’s ruling.”
Charles Moerdler, a member of the MTA board, said the organization has “been carefully studying this for the past week or more to come up with some explanation for where we are and where we ought to be going” on accepting advertisements.
Moerdler, a Holocaust survivor and partner in the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, has prepared a 14-page memorandum related to political advertising and said he is waiting for the right time to present it to the MTA board.
The Anti-Defamation League called Geller’s advertisement “highly offensive and inflammatory” but agreed with the judge that the MTA was wrong to reject it. “We support the court’s conclusion that this is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, yet we still strongly object to both the message and the messenger,” said Ron Meier, the ADL's New York regional director.
Geller, who gained widespread attention for zealously opposing the mosque near Ground Zero, vowed to move forward with her advertisements.
“My ads will be up, whether they’re up in September 2012 or September 2013," she said. "I will pursue that case to the Supreme Court."
That is exactly where Geller's case, or one like it, it bound to end up, according to Marc Stern, associate general counsel for the American Jewish Committee and an expert in Constitutional law. The issue of advertising and public transportation “will eventually have to be resolved by the Supreme Court because the [lower courts'] rulings are all over the map,” he said.
The Haaretz writer spent a lot of time with Jew-hater Henry Clifford, who is running the antisemitic ads on NYC train kiosks, but she never mentioned out response to libelous and fallacious ads going up next week on NYCs Metro North stations: