More media on our Islamic Jew-hatred ads in San Francisco.
“Controversial new ad on Muni vehicles stirs debate,” By David Stevenson, FOX News,
SAN FRANCSICO (KTVU) — Ad revenues bring in about $18 million a year for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, though there are some controversial ads the SFMTA would clearly rather not run.
40 Muni buses and light rail vehicles began carrying a stark, black-and-white advertisement this past weekend that equates Islam with Nazism and featuring images of Palestinian Muslim leader Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler.
In all caps, the ad blares, “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s in the Quran.”
A New York-based blogger paid for the ads in the wake of recent terrorism in Paris.
“People need to understand that this hatred is a religious imperative,” said American Freedom Defense Initiative President Pamela Geller. “We feel that this message is critical in light of what happened in Paris, the slaughter of four Jewish people at a kosher supermarket because they were Jewish.”
It’s not the first time the AFDI’S controversial ads have shown up on Muni vehicles. A previous campaign urged readers to support Israel over “the savage.”
“This is the eighth time over the last few years that this organization has posted ads like these,” said SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose. “It is something that we hear from our riders, from people in San Francisco, that this is offensive.”
In a statement, the Bay Area office of the Council on Arabic-Islamic Relations said, “Though we find these Islamophobic advertisements to be reprehensible, they are protected by the First Amendment, as is our ability to speak out against them.”
The SFMTA said the ads are protected under free speech.
“We certainly understand that people might be offended by these ads,” said Rose. “We have to run these ads because if we don’t, it could result in a lawsuit that requires [the SFMTA] to post them anyways. Then at the same time, we’re using taxpayer dollars to pay for a lawsuit rather than improving service.”
The new ad is set to run for four weeks. The SFMTA is continuing an onboard “Peace” ad campaign featuring messages of togetherness and tolerance that aim to counter the controversial message outside the vehicles.
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