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


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Screenshot/nypost.com

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.

Controversial anti-jihad ads go up in New York City subways


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Photo via Flickr/Steve Rhodes

A controversial anti-jihad ad is scheduled to be placed in subway stations around New York on Monday after an unsuccessful attempt by the MTA to have it blocked.

The poster from the American Freedom Defense Initiative reads, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.  Support Israel. Defeat jihad.”

The ad comes as protests rage overseas over a film mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

The MTA originally refused to run the ad calling it demeaning, but were overruled in U.S. District Court in July when Judge Paul Engelmayer determined it was protected under the First Amendment.

“Our hands are tied. The MTA is subject to a court ordered injunction that prohibits application of the MTA’s existing no-demeaning ad standard. That standard restricted publication of ads that demean people on the basis of their race, sex, religion, national origin or other group classification. The judge recognized our intention but found our attempt to be constitutionally deficient. As a result, under our existing ad standards as modified by the injunction, the MTA is required to run the ad,” said an MTA spokesperson.

San Francisco, which had the ad run earlier this month, placed a disclaimer on their buses condemning describing any group as savages.