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Free Speech on Trial in U.S. District Court As AFDI Fights for the Right to Tell the Truth

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Today my ace lawyer David Yerushalmi of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) argued before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on our motion for a preliminary injunction, asking the court to enter an order requiring New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to run our AFDI “Killing Jews is Worship that brings us closer to Allah” anti-Hamas, anti-jihad ad on MTA buses.

I was there, and let me tell you, the foes of free speech made some telling and fascinating admissions.

Jeff Rosen, the Director of Real Estate for the MTA — that is, the guy who decides what ads to take and what ads not to take — admitted that he had no knowledge of First Amendment issues. So when he rejected our ad, he was making these decisions not with any awareness of our First Amendment rights, and not with an understanding of the legal implications of what he was doing, but capriciously.

Rosen and the MTA had rejected this ad, they have said, because they were afraid that it would lead to violence from Muslims who would mistake it for a pro-Hamas ad. That’s absurd enough on its face. But in his testimony today, Rosen contradicted the previous declaration he had submitted to the court. The MTA acknowledges that this same ad ran in Chicago and San Francisco without incident.

It’s clear that they chose to challenge this ad out of all of our ads in order to establish that it constituted a true threat, or incitement, or fighting words — all legal grounds to keep from running it. They picked this particular ad hoping that they would get the ruling they wanted and establish a precedent against all of our ads, even though their discriminatory policies against our ads are purely content-driven and hence unconstitutional.

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They tried to make the rejection of this ad a security issue. But not only did it run in Chicago and San Francisco without incident, but also, the NYPD refused to submit to the MTA any security concerns about this ad, which speaks volumes. This proves that there was no security concern. And the San Francisco transit authority, which clearly despises our ads, stated most emphatically that it had “absolutely no problem whatsoever” when the ad ran — despite the cajoling, the nudging, the leading of the witness by Raymond Diaz, the director of security.

David Yerushalmi argued brilliantly, asking the court to enjoin the MTA’s speech restriction on First Amendment grounds. And we will win. If we don’t, it isn’t just us who lose — it’s anyone who values the freedom of speech.

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  • Bravo Pamela!! I wish I was there to cheer you on!!

  • cmh

    This shouldn’t even have gotten this far. Not only is the message truthful, this is non violent free speech which is a right in the USA. It should not have even gone to trial. Very frightening stuff.

  • Michael Copeland

    Excellent work. Thank you.
    Woe to the dimwits who cannot grasp the importance of free speech.

  • Everyone Else

    Yerushalmi is good, and he’s right. I had a dialogue with him in which I was sure what Max Blumenthal had said was hate speech, and he convinced me the answer to “hate” speech is free speech that allows opposing speech – not shutting up the hate speaker.

  • Brian Hockersmith

    Thank you Pamela for your continued fight for freedom of speech and the right to inform people of the truth God bless and have a Happy and safe Passover.

    • JacksonPearson

      Gotta love Pam for her grit, :-) …..:

  • Jon Sobieski

    NY tax $$$$ at work! Another waste of money. The irony is that their action gives more publicity to your position. They never seem to get that.

  • disqus_HlH4Faibhw

    Can’t do anything about a truthful quote. If not a problem in San Francisco.. No one else has an excuse.

  • Thank goodness you have the money to put up with all this prejudice turdness.

  • Gordon Miller

    Pamela, let me join the others in wishing you well and the best of luck in this latest legal skirmish.

  • Grey Wulfe

    Free speech was already killed with holohoax laws to persecute anyone who denied the greatest hoax of the 20th century. And now free speech is on trial? What a joke!

  • Pathfinder0100

    Never give up Pamela!! You LEAD the fight for freedom of speech!!!

  • JtR

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