Jewish, Christian Groups Urge Tolerance Toward Muslims in New York Subway Ads

Initiative by Rabbis for Human Rights and Christian group Sojourners aims to counter pro-Israel ads pitting 'civilized man' against jihad.

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A Jewish group and a Christian group are hanging ads in the New York subway system urging tolerance.

The ads being placed by Rabbis for Human Rights-North America and Sojourners, led by the Christian author and social justice advocate Jim Wallis, will go up on Monday and aim to counter a pro-Israel advertisement that reads "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.

The ad by Rabbis for Human Rights reads, In the choice between love and hate, choose love. Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors. The Sojourners ad says, Love your Muslim neighbors.

The ads reportedly will be hung near the anti-jihad ads in the same Manhattan subway stations, according to The New York Times.

A federal judge last Friday ordered the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to hang the pro-Israel ad sponsored by Pamela Geller, the founder, editor and publisher of AtlasShrugs.com and executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

New York subway station.Credit: Reuters
Cyrus McGoldrick, advocacy director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, takes a photo of an anti-Muslim poster in New York's Times Square subway station, September 24, 2012.Credit: AP
Anti-Muslim ads placed in New York in subway stations.Credit: Reuters

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