“Mona, do you think you have the right to do this?” said Pamela Hall, a woman in NY Times Square Station who was trying to block Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian American activist and writer, from spraying a controversial ad.
The ad reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,”.
“Support Israel/Defeat Jihad," the ads concludes, wedged between two Stars of David.
“I do actually,” Eltahawy responded. “I think this is freedom of expression, just as this is freedom of expression.”
“What right do you have to violate free speech,” Hall pleaded.
“I’m not violating it. I’m making an expression on free speech,” Mona said.
“You do not have the right!” Hall said.
“I do actually and I’m doing it right now and you should get out of the way! Do you want paint on yourself,” Mona replied back.
As the poster defender kept on blocking Mona, the latter mocked: “That’s right, defend racism.”
Finally an MTA police officer and an NYPD cop came to scene and arrested Eltahawy.
“This is non-violent protest, see this America!”
“I’m an Egyptian-American and I refuse hate.”- Mona stated.
The ad, sponsored by the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative, appeared after the Metropolitan Transit Authority lost a bid to refuse to post it for violating the agency's policy against demeaning language.
In July, a federal judge ruled it was protected speech and ordered the MTA to place the posters.
Pamela Geller, executive director for the ad's sponsor group, argued that the ad was not offensive, as mentioned in Onislam.net news report.
Watch below the video of Mona’s arrest:
As a reaction, the famous Brazilian Carlos Latuff depicts the incident on his own special way:
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