‘Racist’ stickers plastered over controversial subway station ads

These stickers appeared on at least six of the 10 ads paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
via IMEU

On the first day 10 controversial ads that refer to jihad as “savage” appeared in subway stations, several of them were covered by stickers with the words “racist” or “hate speech.”

According to the Institute for Middle East Understanding, which said it had nothing to do with the stickers, but was alerted to the development this morning, the stickers appeared over six of the ads throughout Manhattan. It is unclear who is responsible for posting the stickers.

The ads, paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, have been a point of contention since the MTA denied the organization’s bid to purchase them. The case went to federal court in July where the ads were approved on grounds of free speech.

The posters read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

A coalition of cultural groups has denounced the ads as hate speech.

“The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a time, for many Jews, of reflection and introspection,” executive director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice Marjorie Dove Kent said. “We must recommit ourselves during this time to speaking and acting against these despicable ads and against all forms of Islamophobia and bigotry.”

Pamela Geller, executive director for the American Freedom Defense Initiative, who has said the ads don’t target all Muslims, told Metro she wasn’t surprised the posters were defaced, and that they will be replaced as part of her organization’s contract with the MTA.

“These are leftist thugs and Islamic supremacists who want to shut down our free speech,” Geller said of those who put the stickers over the ads. “It speaks more to the fact that hundreds and hundreds of anti-Israel ads were posted across the country, and not one was touched. I think it really is a metaphor for the entire conversation, that it gets shut down immediately.”

“What’s racist [about the ads]?” Geller asked. “Islam is not a race.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.