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'Killing Jews Is Worship' Ad OK'd by Judge Under First Amendment

By    |   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 01:16 PM

An advertisement created by a Jewish organization proclaiming "Killing Jews is worship" was upheld Tuesday by a federal judge in Manhattan, and might soon appear on the side of MTA buses in New York.

"There is no evidence that seeing one of these advertisements on the back of a bus would be sufficient to trigger a violent reaction. Therefore, these ads — offensive as they may be — are still entitled to First Amendment protection," Judge John G. Koeltl of United States District Court wrote in his order, The Huffington Post reported.

The ad in question was created by the pro-Israel group American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), and reads "Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah," a quote attributed to Hamas MTV, a likely reference to Hamas-controlled al-Aqsa radio in Gaza City, Palestine.

The quote is juxtaposed with a Muslim man in a headscarf, and finishes with the line, "That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?" Pamela Geller, AFDI president, tweeted out a picture of the ad after the court decision was handed down on Tuesday.



According to The Washington Post, the ad parodies the "#MyJihad" campaign created by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in 2012, which sought to associate the word "jihad" with a personal, inward struggle of peace rather than a crusading, violent struggle against others.

MTA security director Raymond Diaz worried that the nuanced message might be lost on some, and would incite violence toward Jews.

Diaz said the line "What is yours?" could be considered a "call to violence," but the judge disagreed.

"The defendants admit that the actual intention of the advertisement is not to advocate the use of force, but to parody the CAIR 'My Jihad' campaign and to criticize Hamas and radical Islam. However, they argue that a reasonable New Yorker would not read the advertisement this way, but would instead read it as advocating the killing of Jewish people," Koeltl wrote. "The defendants’ theory is thoroughly unpersuasive."

Breitbart.com reported that CAIR has had ties to Hamas in the past.

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