The Straits Times
Published on Sep 20, 2012

Ads criticising "Jihad" bound for NYC subway stations


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - As Muslim countries reverberate with fierce protests over a film mocking the Prophet Muhammad, an ad equating Islamic jihad with savagery is due to appear next week in 10 New York City subway stations despite transit officials' efforts to block it.

The city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) had refused the ads, citing a policy against demeaning language. The American Freedom Defense Initiative, which is behind the ad campaign, then sued and won a favourable ruling from a judge in Manhattan.

According to court documents, the ad reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel/Defeat Jihad."

MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said the ads would be displayed starting on Monday, but he could not say at which stations.