A Freedom of Speech Victory: Judge Rules in Favor of Pro-Israel Ads Exposing Radical Islam

Dozens of buses and trains will be branded with anti-Hamas slogans as they travel through New York City, the ads were created to expose radical Islam and their hatred of Jews.

In a controversial ruling siding, United States District Court Judge John G. Koeltl, rejected claims by Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) that ads criticizing Muslim terrorism would ‘incite violence.’ 

Judge Koeltl, said the MTA “underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements.”

Picture of Pamela Gellar, President of the AFDI, holding the PRO ISRAEL ad.

“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.”

The ad in question was sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) – also known as Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), which is headed by President, Pamela Gellar.

In the advert commissioned by the pro-Israeli American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), a masked man is portrayed, next to the caption “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah” attributed to”Hamas MTV.” The tagline below states, “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”

At least 50 MTA buses are to be branded with the adverts, according to New York Daily News.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) had refused to run the ads, which had been scheduled to run for a full month, claiming it feared they could incite “violence and terrorism”. That decision prompted an appeal by the AFDI, whose lawyer David Yerushalmi ridiculed the suggestion the ads would incite terrorism.

“When our clients run ads exposing this Jew hatred, all of a sudden the transit authorities are worried about the ‘tone’ of the conversation or conjure up some threat of violence,” Yerushalmi said at the time.

In Tuesday’s ruling, Judge Koeltl agreed, and said the ad should be run in accordance with the constitutional right to freedom of expression.

“It strains credulity to believe that New Yorkers would be incited to violence by ads that did not incite residents of Chicago and San Francisco,” the Judge said.

The judge was referring to similar campaigns in San Francisco and Chicago, where the AFDI paid $100,000 in 2014 to run 100 advertisements on the sides of public coaches.  While five similar images were accepted, the MTA rejected this one, over claims it incited violence.

The MTA has 30 days to appeal the decision.

Adam Lisberg, an MTA spokesman, said: “We are disappointed in the ruling and are reviewing our options. MTA now has 30 days to lodge an appeal.”

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“This is a triumph for liberty and free speech,” tweeted Pamela Geller, the AFDI president, who said that her group would commission more ads than originally planned, and would seek for MTA to reimburse its legal costs.

It is not the first time an ad attacking radical Islam by the American Freedom Defense Initiative has triggered controversy.

In a similar case in March of this year, a judge in Philadelphia ruled in favor of the group, forcing buses to carry ads exposing Jewish hatred in the Muslim world.

The ad featured a 1941 photograph of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler with “staunch ally” Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and known anti-Semite, Haj Amin al-Husseini, carrying the tagline, “Jew Hatred: It’s in the Quran,” the ads call on the United States government to “stop the hate” and “end all aid to Islamic countries.”

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Prior to launching this campaign, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), launched their own war on Jews, encouraging Muslims to go on Twitter and post messages with the hashtag #MyJihad, which literally translates as ‘struggle’ from Arabic. Instead of boasting about killing infidels, Muslims would talk about their peaceful and personal achievements.

The Judge’s ruling was not well received by New York’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who condemned the advertisements.

“These hateful messages serve only to divide and stigmatize when we should be coming together as one city,” said a statement from a spokesman. “While those behind these ads only display their irresponsible intolerance, the rest of us who may be forced to view them can take comfort in the knowledge that we share a better, loftier and nobler view of humanity.”

Nonetheless, Judge Koeltl’s decision marks the latest victory by the AFDI against MTA and radical Islam, and is at least the ninth lawsuit it has filed against metropolitan authorities for turning down its campaigns.

Then, just as now, the AFDI’s campaign was upheld thanks to the First Amendment.

Source: RT and Israel National News

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