Anti-Islamic Ads to Appear on NYC Transit

Officials reject one ad for including the phrase 'killing Jews,' but six others are approved.

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Ads by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
Ads by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.Credit: Screenshot

Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on 100 New York City buses and two subway entrances next week, but transit officials have rejected an ad from the same group that includes the phrase "Killing Jews."

The six approved ads show an image of beheaded American journalist James Foley standing next to his killer.

The ads are paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative run by blogger Pamela Geller. She says the campaign highlights points about Islam ignored by government and media.

A court order forces the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to run viewpoint ads. The agency requires a disclaimer saying it doesn't endorse the views.

The agency says it rejected an ad with the quote "Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah" because it could incite violence.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative is planning to sue the MTA, claiming its decision to nix the latter ad violated the group's freedom of speech, The New York Times reported.

“They’re wrong,” said Geller, the group's president. “And when they’re wrong, they make it easy.”

The ads are meant to parody the Council on American-Islamic Relations' “My Jihad” campaign, which portrays jihad as an individual, nonviolent struggle, according to the report.

An ad featured in a campaign by Pamela Geller in Washington D.C., May 2014.Credit: Screenshot from Washington Post

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