Blogger threatens to sue MTA if her anti-Islam ads aren’t shown
An anti-Islam blogger known for her provocative statements is threatening to sue the Metropolitan Transport Authority if it doesn’t approve advertisements she has pitched that describes Israel’s opponents as “savage.”
“I will sue,” Pamela Geller, the blogger, told the Daily News. “It’s a free speech issue.”
Her lawyer has sent a letter to the MTA, demanding approval of the ads, which Geller submitted to transportation agency last week to be placed on buses and in the subway, according to the New York Post.
Geller is arguing that the MTA will stand in violation of the First Amendment if the ads are rejected. “This is fair warning,” Geller said.
The ads, issued in the name of Geller’s group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative, read: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
According to the Post, her move is a reaction to ads put out by Westchester County based WESPAC Foundation in over a dozen subway stations that feature pictures of smiling children and carry the message: “We are on the side of peace and justice. End US military aid to Israel.”
The battle over the advertisements comes at a time when the world’s eyes are focused on New York where the UN General assembly is debating statehood for Palestine.
In remarks that may attract criticism in the Middle East, President Barack Obama today rebuked leaders pressing for separate statehood for Palestine, CNN has reported.
Geller’s threat also coincides with the decision by a Columbus, Ohio lawyer to drop a $ 10 million defamation lawsuit against her, after she agreed to withdraw five posts in which she linked him to terrorists, according to the Wall Street Journal.