Watch: Protester arrested after spray-painting altercation over anti-jihad ads

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Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American activist, was arrested for spray-painting over a controversial subway ad as Pamela Hall attempted to block her.

Video cameras from the NY Post captured a clash many expected when controversial anti-jihad ads were placed in city subways.

Mona Eltahawy, a 45-year-old Egyptian-American activist, armed with a can of red spray paint intended to cover the contentious ad, but was met with resistance from Pamela Hall, who turned herself into a human shield.

When questioned by Hall if she had the right to vandalize the ad, Eltahawy replied, “I think this is freedom of expression, just as this is freedom of expression.

“I am expressing myself freely against hate and racism.”

The video was taken yesterday in the Times Square subway station by the NY Post as straphangers gathered around the altercation.

The controversial ads were placed in ten stations on Monday after the MTA’s original refusal to run them was overturned in court.

Eltahawy continued to attempt to spray paint the posters as Hall stood guard, an altercation that eventually culminated in Eltahawy’s arrest.

“This is what happens to non-violent protesters in America ion 2012,” she said.

As she was being taken away, Eltahawy said she “will continue to non-violently fight the hate.”

Eltahawy tweeted this morning that she was in court and is being charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief along with the hashtag, #freemona.

  • Harvey Wachtel

    How does “defeat jihad” qualify as “hate” or “racism”? I guess I have to admit that I hate it when people try to impose their religious beliefs on others, but I don’t think that’s the kind of “hate” this person is talking about.

  • dave

    These ads are causing nothing but harm to all sides. Everyone is quite aware of the situation in the Middle East – certainly after 9/11 we all know what terrorism is.

    It’s a shame that the people who put the ads up, who are trying to support Israel, can not come up with a smarter approach. Israel needs friends, not more enemies.

    Perhaps if the ads simply showed children of all groups playing together, with a large caption that said, “Jihad is a problem, not a solution” the result would be better.


  • Dr. Arthur Frederick Ide

    Free speech is verbal/oral, it is not physical attacks. A person has the right to say whatever he or she wants to say, and has the right to print whatever he or she wants–but in both cases it does require an acknowledgement of reponsibility that acknowledges both sides–not covers a single side. Eltahawy was arrested for destroying private property, for endangering another person whom she was painting over without permission from the victim, and for her self-righteousness. Eltahawy was not a nonviolent protester–she was violent by using a spray can of paint against another woman. She is autocratic at best.

  • Dr. Arthur Frederick Ide

    What is forgotten is that jihad is not racist, but universal, as the troops in jihad are American citizens, Paki, Afghani, UK, and every other nation where a few think they have the right to destroy the lives and property of others. No person has the right to destroy another’s person or life. Eltahawy should be judged with the full weight of the law–she is not the Grand Inquisitor, a Judge, or a Moralty police. She has no right to say what is correct or what must be banned or defaced. She is not the face of democracy, but of autocracy, plutocracy and hate.