AFDI’s Two Pro-Israel, Counter Jihad Campaigns Submitted in Seattle
Now Metro Considers Changing Policy Over Anti-Israeli Bus Ads

I put the finishing touches on the two ads AFDI will be running in Seattle to counter the nazi-style propaganda designed to incite violence and hatred towards the Jewish people.

Here are the two ads that have been submitted to Titan — Seattle transit.

Bus 2

And this one:

  Bus 1

As for the Jewish blood libel being sponsored by the notorious antisemite Ed Mast, Seattle Mass Transit is having second thoughts.

"It's not clear if the ad campaign will run as scheduled. It was supposed to roll out on Dec. 27. Metro is scrambling to re-assess its advertising policies before next week."

If they ran that poison, they will run the truth.

Metro considers changing policy over anti-Israeli bus ads NWCN.com

SEATTLE — Calls and emails continue to flood into King County as Metro deals with a political firestorm over its bus billboard policy.

An anti-Israeli ad campaign is scheduled to appear on buses starting Dec. 27. A group called the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign is behind the ads. It's the two-year anniversary of Israeli military action in Gaza, aimed at stopping rocket attacks on Israeli citizens.

Metro is considering changing its ad policies for non-commercial groups, but says it could be costly and tricky. But if they ban the anti-Israel ads, they might have to ban ads for causes that have public appeal, such as the Boys and Girls Club, Puget Sound Blood Center and United Way.

The American Civil Liberties Unions is urging Metro to run the ads, saying they may offend people but they should be protected under the First Amendment.

News of the ads has led to tighter security at the Jewish Federation in downtown Seattle. Four years ago, a mentally ill man claiming to be angry at Israel broke into the building, shot and killed a woman and shot five others. The fear is an ad campaign could fuel more violence.

"We're always on a heightened sense of awareness in the Jewish community and this heightens it," said Richard Fruchter with the Jewish Federation.

"Mentally ill man?" He was a Muslim slaughtering Jews. It was jihad. Here's what was presented in the jihadi's prosecution:

Prosecutors opened their case against a man accused of opening fire on a Jewish Federation office by playing a tape of the gunman who called 911 as he held a pregnant woman hostage at gunpoint."I have this gun pointed at her head," said the man, who identified himself as Naveed Haq. Haq told the person handling the call that "I just want to get us out of Iraq," and that he was upset by U.S. policies that left Muslims "repressed."Haq, 32, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting rampage that killed one woman and injured five other women at the downtown office of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle on July 28, 2006.In her opening statement Monday, King County Deputy Prosecutor Erin Ehlert told jurors that Haq carefully planned the attack, making four trips to gun shops and using the Internet to map the route from the Tri-Cities to Seattle.Haq is charged with murder, attempted murder and other crimes.Haq railed against the Iraq war and Israel during the call, telling a woman on the other end of the line that "Muslims are very upset about you sending bombs to Israel. And that we're very upset that you stay in Iraq, and that you follow foreign policies where we are repressed."

SEATTLE – King County Councilman Peter von Reichbauer is calling for a review of proposed advertising on Metro buses that blasts Israel and the U.S., claiming U.S. tax dollars support war crimes.

Von Reichbauer says the ads could incite violence.

 

"I know hate when I see it," he said. "A number of people in King County see hate in this advertisement."

 

E-mails have been pouring into von Reichbauer's office since KING 5 broke the story of the planned ad campaign. He's asked Metro to reconsider.

 

Although Metro attorneys say the ads are covered by the First Amendment, they are now reviewing their policy on non-commercial advertising.

"We don't need to see a public transportation system be a medium for a message of hate," said von Reichbauer.

 

It's not clear if the ad campaign will run as scheduled. It was supposed to roll out on Dec. 27. Metro is scrambling to re-assess its advertising policies before next week.

 Even the murderous Muslim Hamas leader admitted that Israel killed mostly terrorists in Gaza.

Emotions Heat Up Over Bus Ads in Seattle

anti-Israel ad in Seattle

Advertisements to be displayed on King County Metro Transit buses are generating controversy a week before being displayed.

The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign has purchased ads to be displayed on 12 buses beginning December 27 that feature the slogan, "Israeli War Crimes: Your Tax Dollars at Work."

The Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), a program of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), has declared that it will run counter-ads that read, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Islamic jihad."  The group's executive director, Pamela Geller, complained that SIOA is not getting the same price break as the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign and issued a statement,

According to Seattle's KING 5 News, Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign paid $1,794 to run the ads. However, King County Metro Transit would not offer the same price to AFDI/SIOA Executive Director Pamela Geller. "I asked for the same deal as the Jew-haters received, but was told that the price in the article was 'misquoted.' So of course they are charging me more." SIOA was quoted a price of $2,760 for its ad.

The ads have generated so much controversy that the King County Metro Transit is thinking about changing its advertising policies for non-commercial groups.

UPDATE: Thomas Lifoson of The American Thinker weighs in:

All of a sudden, Metro is reviewing its advertising policy. While the public agency was fine with the anti-Israel ads, the anti-Hamas terror ads apparently are cause for worry.

We salute Ms. Geller heartily. Stay tuned as the Metro grapples with the issue. Can you imagine someone like her running the RNC?

 


  • Joni Weiser

    We must not stand silently by, while the Israel-haters and anti-semites villify Israel. We must get out there and set the record straight. Who is really financing those ads and the hatred they spew? It’s not just Ed Mast of Seattle. The public must know who’s backing him. For the truth, check the website of Family Security Matters: Anti-Semitism Watch — http://www.familysecuritymatters.org.
    Keep up the good fight.
    Thank you!

  • Marshall

    May I suggest that you reconsider the tenor of your response ad? Instead of escalating the hate rhetoric, why not counter the negative ads with a positive message: You could list all the contributions of Israel to the world—the number of Haitians treated in the aftermath of the earthquake; how Israel is providing safe haven to refugees of the genocide in Darfur; inventions, medical achievements, and Nobel Prizes won by Israelis; Israeli security technology that’s helping to keep Americans safe from terror. “Your tax dollars at work” would take on new meaning. Pamela, if you really wish to improve the world’s (or even just Seattle’s) opinion of Israel, this would be a much more effective and convincing message worth spreading.