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The banner. AP Photo

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A banner likening Muslims to barbarians will soon be hung in New York subway stops following a court ruling that will permit the message to be displayed in public, the New York Post has reported.

The banner, which reads, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, defeat Jihad,” was funded by radical conservative blog writer Pamela Geller and will be put up at 10 different locations.

The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority had previously declined to put up the banner, after which Geller had applied to court.

Judge Paul Engelmayer ordered city authorities to put up the banner on grounds of freedom of speech.

A representative for the Metropolitan Transit Authority said they now had to put up the banner following the court ruling.

The same banner had been placed on buses in San Francisco through August and September and had raised concerns.

Several artists have asked the organizers to replace the word "Jihad" with "racism," but Geller refused.

The head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) New York branch, Muneer Awad, said they recognized "freedom of speech issues and [Geller's] right to be a bigot and a racist" but wished New York authorities had denounced Geller's hate speech attempts. 

Geller is a co-founder of the "Stop Islamization of America" foundation which has been accused of being a hate group by international nongovernmental associations.

September/21/2012

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nyob nyobb

5/21/2013 4:21:58 PM

Do I read Islam somewhere?. No, it says "Jihad". What´s wrong with that?

Jobs jon

9/25/2012 5:28:03 PM

Read some Quran, may be a chapter and see what it says about Jehiad. English translations of Quran is widely available everywhere.

Brian Irlanda

9/24/2012 9:23:03 AM

Whether it is "Support Israel" or " Defeat Jihad". Both sides are wrong. The type of Jihad this poster is illustrating is the murderous bloodthirsty type that is not supported by most muslims and should be eradicated. But to support a racist state such as Israel, a country that is responsible for many crimes against humanity does not make sense either. This poster is simply saying "Defeat terrorist murderers" Support State murderers"

A Shmolik

9/22/2012 6:18:30 AM

I was told by an I was told by a Profesor of Islamic Studies that only a Khalif had the authority to Declare a Holy War, i,e, Jihad! Is the good profesor in error?

Turk down under

9/22/2012 1:32:37 AM

Whoever compiled this report has made a grave mistake in saying that this banner "Likens Muslims to barbarians" If everyone on this forum reads the banner without first reading the article, they will get the message that is intended. This article has instantly mislead the reader. There is nothing that implies defeating Islam?Muslims. Only the dangerous idea of Jihad

Turk down under

9/22/2012 1:25:50 AM

NADIRI. Look at the banner again. This isn't an attack on Muslims but on those who call for violence. You are right about "what's good for the goose is good for the gander"obviously this is what Ms Geller thinks too. Her "gander" to the "goose" who chants "death to Israel". i don't know anything about Ms Geller, If she's a bigot or not? This message however is not bigoted this message is asking people to reason. Defeat Jihad because it calls for violence, not defeat peace loving Muslims.

Turk down under

9/22/2012 1:11:38 AM

Kevin I agree. Mehmet Hascan you are right about the true meaning of the word Jihad however you have to admit that this word has been hijacked by Muslim extremists who call them selves Jihadists. So we have all seen what the self styled Jihadists mean "Striving in the path of God by means of terrorism" Sad but true

Can Oz

9/22/2012 12:17:28 AM

The Nazis also called Jews savages. What depressing irony.

Shah Hamdan

9/21/2012 9:52:07 PM

America itself is biggest supporter of Jihadis. They are using them to spread anarchy and destruction in Muslim countries. If they really hate Jihadis then why don't Americans directly sanction Saudi Arabia birth place of all Jihadi literature and forces. American agencies are fooling public with such actions. These Jihadis are not enemies of America or West but they are enemies of Islam.

Johanna Dege

9/21/2012 8:22:50 PM

One important sentence should have been addded in this article: >Ms Geller, who is a prominent supporter of Israel, stressed that she was not referring to all Muslims as savages, only those who engaged in what she characterises as "Jihad".< More: Anti-Jihad Adverts To Run In New York Subway | Orange UK @Proud American Rocco: I agree with you!
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