Like vultures to carrion, the media is swarming around the new anti-jihad ads that went up late yesterday in Portland, Oregon. Mind you, the viciously dishonest anti-Jewish ads that have been running for a month drew no condemnation or response from these jackals. This is tantamount to the norming of Islamic Jew-hatred, and the sanctioning of jihad and the blasphemy laws under the sharia ("do not critcize Islam").
The anti-Israel ad (below) shows a fallacious map of "Palestine" in 1946 with 88% of Palestine missing -- Jordan. The map is accompanied by the libelous headline trumpeting the 4.7 million invented "Palestinian" refugees. Here again is more Islamic Jew-hating mythologizing. There were no refugees. The uber-civilized Jews begged the Muslims to stay. Musims left their homes in 1947-48 after Muslim and Arab leaders called for them to get out of the way of the advancing armies, with promises that they would return after the Jews had been annihilated. If the Arab/Muslim world accepted the 1947 UN resolution, not a single Muslim or Arab would have become a refugee, and an independent Arab [Muslim] state would now exist beside Israel (more here).
Our ad, OTOH, is entirely accurate. The war on Israel is a war on innocent civilians. 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 was savage. The bloody hacking to death of the Fogel family was savage. The mowing down of children at Jewish schools in Jerusalem and in France is savage. The Munich Olympic massacre 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.
"'Defeat jihad' ad appears on Portland trains, buses" Steven Dubois, Associated Press Published: Oct 16, 2012
Both sides' ads are seen in this image. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -
Portland's mass transit system is the latest to become a forum for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Weeks after a pro-Palestinian group placed an advertisement on Portland buses and trains, a pro-Israel group has replied with an ad it has also been running in New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
"In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad," reads the ad, which appeared on buses and trains Tuesday morning.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group run by blogger Pamela Geller, bought the ad that is scheduled to run for a month.
Geller, who once led a campaign against an Islamic center near the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack site, said the ad is a direct response to the pro-Palestinian ad campaign, and it will run in any city the anti-Israel ads appear.
"We are advertising on mass transit because that is where the vicious anti-Israel campaign is running their ads," she wrote in an e-mail.
TriMet, the financially troubled regional mass transit agency, received $5,000 for the advertisement.
Until a few years ago, TriMet's policy was to only accept ads that promoted goods and services. But a Multnomah County judge ruled in a 2008 free-speech case that the agency must accept all advertising on its vehicles, regardless of content.
TriMet challenged the ruling and the Oregon Supreme Court is reviewing it.
"We're disappointed our vehicles have become a medium for divisive discussion, but at this time we have no other option except to allow the ad," marketing director Drew Blevins said.
The ad the pro-Israel group is responding to was funded by Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights. It has appeared for about three weeks on 20 train cars and nine buses. It shows maps of Israeli territory expanding at the expense of Palestinians and reads: "Palestinian Loss of Land 1946-2012 - 4.7 million Palestinians are classified by the U.N. as refugees."
Peter Miller, the group's president, said advertising on trains and buses is one of the few ways to reach a lot of people "without totally breaking the bank."
He disagreed with TriMet's suggestion that commuters shouldn't have to confront sensitive topics.
"I'm still surprised how Americans seem fearful of free speech," he said. "We do live in a Democracy and we do need speech. Not just the concept of speech, but actual speech."
Miller, however, said the competing pro-Israel display goes over the line because the term "savage" is racist and could incite violence against Muslims.
When asked why she chose the phrase, Geller wrote that "it's accurate."
"The war on Israel is a war on innocent civilians," she wrote. "The targeting of civilians is savage. The relentless 60-year campaign of terror against the Jewish people is savage."
She added another nine examples of what she described as savageness before concluding: "The list is endless."