NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A prominent national human rights and advocacy organization today applauded the decision of Seattle King County Metro officials to drop anti-Israel, antisemitic hate ads it had planned to run on its buses starting next Monday.
In a statement by the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), National Executive Director Pamela Geller said:
"It's a bad day for Nazis and Jew-haters. This is a huge victory for us. Our objective was achieved: the Jew-hate ads have been dropped from Seattle buses after we exposed their hypocrisy."
The King County Metro reversal came two days after AFDI announced that it would be running king-sized pro-Israel ads on Seattle buses to counter the anti-Israel ads.
Ads purchased by a group calling itself Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign had been slated to start running on twelve Seattle buses on December 27. The ads were to feature the slogan, "Israeli War Crimes: Your Tax Dollars at Work." Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign spokesman Ed Mast is a former activist with the fanatically antisemitic International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a hard-Left group dedicated to disrupting operations of the Israeli Defense Force. ISM has numerous links to the jihad terrorist groups Hamas and Hizballah.
The AFDI ads, in contrast, were to read: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Islamic jihad," and "One Billion Dollars to Hamas. Your Tax Dollars at Work."
In response to this AFDI initiative, King County Metro Transit officials announced Thursday that rather than accept the anti-Israel or pro-Israel ads, they were changing their guidelines and accepting no political ads at all. Said Geller: "We will pursue this battle legally and roll out the pro-Israel bus ads elsewhere."
AFDI/SIOA is one of America's foremost organizations defending human rights, religious liberty, and the freedom of speech against Islamic supremacist intimidation and attempts to bring elements of Sharia to the United States.
For more information, contact Pamela Geller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Stop Islamization of America