NYPD beefs up presence near anti-Muslim posters
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A battle against anti-Islam ads in New York subway stations is heating up, as critics step up criticisms of the pro-Israel posters, prompting the New York Police Department to beef up its presence at the stations.
NYPD deployed additional troops to ten subway stations where the anti-Islam ads stand, according to a report by the New York Post Tuesday.
The newspaper also published a video to its website showing well-known Egyptian-American journalist, Mona Altahawy, apparently trying to cover one of the posters with pink spray paint. A woman named Pamela Hall mounted a camera and stood between the ad and Eltahawy. A screaming match between the two ensued, as a New York Post camera crew stood nearby filming the incident.
It is not clear how Hall, reportedly an Islamophobic blogger, along with the newspaper photographers, happened to be at the same time and place where the high-profile Eltahawy hoped to commit her protest act.
Eltahawy was arrested after police arrived at the scene of the altercation.
The posters which reads “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, defeat Jihad”, inspired a wave of criticisms from activists in the US. A Muslim lobby group, the Council of American Islamic Relations, has called on New Yorkers to repudiate hate speech.
The advertisement, funded by the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative, was initially rejected by the city's transportation authority.
One of the posters was torn down by a passerby just hours after it was posted.