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Reuters: Judge orders NY transit agency to run ‘Killing Jews’ ad


Big news:


“Judge orders NY transit agency to run ‘Killing Jews’ ad,” Reuters, April 15, 2015

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday ordered New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite terrorism or imminent violence.

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan said the ad from the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which had previously run in Chicago and San Francisco, was protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The ad portrays a menacing man wearing a scarf around his head and face, includes a quotation “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah” attributed to “Hamas MTV,” and then states, “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”

Koeltl said he was “sensitive” to the security concerns, but noted that the MTA and Chairman Thomas Prendergast “underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements. 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.”

MTA buses and subways are often forums for policy debates. The agency has accepted other ads from the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which is characterized as an anti-Muslim group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Koeltl delayed enforcing his preliminary injunction by 30 days so the MTA could decide whether to appeal.

Adam Lisberg, an MTA spokesman, said: “We are disappointed in the ruling and are reviewing our options.” The ad includes a disclaimer that its display does not imply an MTA endorsement.

The MTA said the ad did not meet standards it adopted in 2012 after a judge, in another lawsuit by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said its earlier ban on ads that demeaned people based on race or religion violated the First Amendment.

Koeltl, however, said the MTA did not show that the latest ad could prompt imminent violence, noting that none occurred in Chicago and San Francisco, or that New York City should be treated differently because it is a more prominent terrorism target.

David Yerushalmi, a lawyer for the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said the decision follows similar rulings in Washington and Philadelphia.

“There is no question that transit authorities have the right and duty to protect their riders from violence,” Yerushalmi said in a phone interview. “They do not have the right to give terrorists or potential terrorists a ‘heckler’s veto.'”

The case is American Freedom Defense Initiative et al v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-07928.

Judge orders MTA to run ‘Killing Jews’ ad on city buses
amNY – ‎46 minutes ago‎ A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the MTA to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite terrorism or imminent violence. U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan said the ad …

JP Updates – ‎1 hour ago‎
Koeltl said he was “sensitive” to the security concerns, but noted that the MTA and Chairman Thomas Prendergast”underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements. It strains credulity to …
Business Insider – ‎4 hours ago‎
He also said the MTA did not present objective evidence that its display would likely incite imminent violence. According to the decision, the ad portrayed a menacing-looking man whose head and face were mostly covered by a head scarf. The decision also …
Arutz Sheva – ‎2 hours ago‎
A federal judge ordered the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) must run a controversial ad referencing Muslims killing Jews. The ad, which features a man with his face covered in a scarf and the quote “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us …

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  • Patrick Man

    These ads are seemingly meant to provoke violence against Jews so that they’ll move to Israel and help with the demographic “problem”. In other words, a new low for the zionist camp.

    • Nathan


      Have you ever visited ‘the planet earth’?
      You should, you might like it. :D

    • Elana Rose Starr

      They are nothing of the sort. Are you aware that anti-Jewish factions put similar ads, albeit demonizing Jews, on buses in American cities a few years ago? Pamela has simply returned the favor.

    • Well Done


    • Merav

      Try going out in the real world once in a while.

    • sandra schmidt

      Only a person with a room temp IQ would believe that. The ads are obviously intended to warn our citizens of the dangers of radical Islam.

    • Ming the Merciless

      Here we have another paddycake like Buchanan…a leftard or a paleo-con…same kind of idiotic retards for islam and terror…

  • rsilverm

    Good news.

    • David Rosenthal

      You will find that such attitudes result in an eternity in Hell.

      • It’s complex really: something that can be proved beyond a shadow of a doubt to have causally and directly incited a specific act of violence in the immediate vicinity is codified as criminal. The ad should be banned for a different reason.

      • Ming the Merciless

        Here we have an idiotic muslim parroting the same platitude over and over…or a self hating jew of the neturei karta of imbeciles…

  • CanadaGoose1

    Usual misleading headline by Reuters. Others call it an ad featuring Hitler. Anything to avoid the point of the campaign.

  • Isahiah62

    Thank you Pamela-and the sensible judge…. TRUTH WINS

  • JacktheRipper

    Congratulations Pam! that’s great news! I’m dancing drunk naked in victory while belting the National Anthem! Oh, wait, I do that every night. lol

    “… transit authorities have the right and duty to protect their riders from violence, they do not have the right to give terrorists or potential terrorists a ‘heckler’s veto.’” ~Yerushalmi

    So true. They (MTA) don’t have the right to play the arbiters of truth when it comes to matters of morality and politics. I can think of obvious exceptions of course, but Pam’s ads are clearly above censure, because they speak in truth about a matter of universal public concern for the purpose of promoting dialogue and resolving issues. They are NOT by any stretch of the imagination a call to violence, nor are they an attempt to degrade anything good in some person or group. She…WE should not be denied the right to speak out about issues of humanitarian concern, especially for a people whose best reasons are universally rejected as morally abject and unreasoned, I refer to radical islamists.

    Again, way to go Pam! I luv you! We need you! And may god bless your good work! Okay, now I can go back to dancing naked again. Yahoooooo!


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      • David Rosenthal

        It’s simple really: Inciting violence is codified as criminal.

        • IslamIsFascism

          Then let’s outlaw the Quran!

          • Ming the Merciless

            Racism was initiated by the muslims who wrote that Mahomet-baphomet’s skin was milk white. Before Islam, racism as such did not exist…slavery was widespread but everybody was equally miserable under the slave owners.
            Christians fought slavery, muslims promoted it, from Khartoum’s Mahdi to the Barbary pirates, hundred of millions
            were enslaved by muslims in the name of Allah from hell.

        • Supporters of this ad, and the MTA’s rationale are both wrong. The ad does not “incite violence” or whatever. It’s racist filth that a majority of tax payers don’t want. That’s why it should be blocked.

          • 426 HemiCuda

            “Racist: having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another”, so how the hell does racist =religion?! Religion isn’t a race!

          • Ming the Merciless

            It is muslim murderous and racist filth like you that is objecting

        • Ming the Merciless

          Chicken Little and self hating Jew…your life must be hell…

  • Chris Vrecko

    I am beyond angry after reading this, what the sam hell is going on.

    • sandra schmidt

      Why? it was a win for our side.

  • Sandee Kessler

    All non Muslim s should call in work not coming in due to transportation problem, trains are unsafe to travel, cause these billboards will incite violence cause Muslims are ignorant to PC. They’ll look at it as a green light on everyone not just Jews.

    • guest

      We can’t be afraid of that. The truth needs to be told and if you happen to die on a subway for it, consider it your sacrifice for the hope of peace for your children.

  • drjon4u2

    Another Clinton Appointed U.S. District Judge John Koeltl, who should be IMPEACHED over another insane ruling!

    • sandra schmidt

      What are you complaining about. He ruled for free speech. You have a problem with that?

      • drjon4u2

        Then if you like the free speech argument, post that killing the president is a good thing that will bring us a place in heaven, for certainly that is free expression, as well. Or, to make it personal, what if someone posted a message on a public conveyance that Sandra Schmidt should be murdered? Advocating the murder of others is beyond exceptionally dangerous when it can incite others to do terrible things. It makes, not only the person or group guilty of advocating violence, but also those that carry the message as equally culpable, and it makes those who are supposed to rule with a modicum of common sense, fools and incapable of being taken seriously in other decisions.

        • sandra schmidt

          The SCOTUS has dealt with the issue of incitement extensively. One must be calling for imminent violence, and violence must ensue within that nexus. Nothing in Pamela’s ads does that. Mostly she is documenting historical actions by the savage Muslims.

          • drjon4u2

            Indeed, savage and uncivilized they are, however, the point of the ad, which was supposed to bring attention to those acts of barbarity endemic in Islam, will incite others to do harm, because they will not ‘catch’ the double meaning of the ad. The ad will not work as intended and WILL incite Muslims to act badly toward Jews. I would have had no argument had the ad stated, for example, that Islam teaches hatred or hates Homosexuals or murders unbelievers or rapes, etc, but this one will incite them and people will be hurt as a result.

          • Ming the Merciless

            We have another Chicken Little here…WE MUST SURRENDER!!!

          • Ming the Merciless

            CHICKEN LITTLE!!!

  • Guest

    Call and tell him Antisemitism is AGAINST International LAW! AND a Hate Crime!
    Tel: (212) 805-0136

    United States District Court
    Southern District of New York
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan
    United States Courthouse
    500 Pearl Street
    New York, NY 10007-1312

  • Treefrog

    I’m buying more ammo.

  • Ming the Merciless

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is a racist, neo-nazi and subversive organization of terrorists and of conquering Islam supporters. Like the muslims, they are all a mafia of thieves, of rapists and would be assassins, like Mohamed and “Burning Tire Necklace” Mandela

  • Ming the Merciless

    Muslims have invaded us to kill us all and enslave our children as they did to hundreds of millions in Africa…in Assyria, in Egypt, in Anatolia, in Persia, in the Maghreb, in India, in Malaysia, in Indonesia, in Palestina…

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