Pamela Geller’s hate campaign
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Anti-Islamic ad campaign headed to New York buses and subway stations.
By: Youssef Rddad
September 21, 2014
Controversial blogger, Pamela Geller paid $100,000 to place a series of ads featuring anti-Islamic messages on New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) ad space within 2 subway entrances and over 100 New York City buses.
The campaign is being funded by Geller’s ‘advocacy’ group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). The posters cary critical messages about Islam-one ad featuring a photo of James Folley, an American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in Iraq, with the message, “It’s not Islamophobia, it’s Islamorealism.”
A second as contains a 1940s photo of a pro-Nazi Arab leader meeting with Adolf Hitler below the headline, “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s in the Quran.”
Images courtesy of Daily News
New York Mayor de Blasio told the Daily News on Friday, saying “These hateful messages serve only to divide and stigmatize when we should be coming together as one city.”
This is not the first time the AMDI has funded what some are calling antagonistic ad campaigns. In 2012, the MTA was brought to court after refusing ad space to Geller’s campaign. The New York Times reported that, a court ruled that the posters were covered under the First Amendment, citing that the ads were a political message.
The MTA fears that the ads may incite violence against Muslims living in New York. The Guardian spoke with director of the Arab-American Association, Linda Sarsour, who said she respects Geller’s right to place the ads but fears the ads will lead to a higher rise of hate crimes throughout the city.
Sarsour, who was a victim of a hate crime herself earlier this month when a man chased and threatened to behead her, told the Guardian, “We have ignorant people walking around who are waiting to act on their hatred for Muslims. We don’t need ads across New York City that try to link Islam and Isis.”