Pro-Muslim Subway Ads Going Up Monday

Rabbis' group says campaign counters anti-jihad ads

10/05/12
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Rabbis for Human Rights -- North America is taking out subway ads urging riders to "choose love" in what the Jewish group's director calls a response to the anti-jihad advertisements placed in subway stations by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the group led by conservative blogger Pamela Geller.

The new ads, which will go up Monday, make clear that they're a statement against the anti-jihad campaign, whose posters read, "In any way between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad."

Rabbis for Human Rights' ads say, "“In the choice between love and hate, choose love. Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors.”

"We were concerned beause [the ads] frames this in the language of supporting Israel," said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights, which has a membership of 1,800 rabbis. "We didn't want New Yorkers to think that in order to support Israel, you have to dehumanize a whole other group of people."

Geller insists that her ads attack only violent Muslims who hate Israel and that she feels the same way about other terrorists.

"These rabbis have good intentions," she wrote The Jewish Week in an e-mail in response to a request for comment. "I am all for choosing love. My own ad is not hate speech, it's love speech. It's love of life speech ...  Pushing back against such hate is not hate."

Rabbi Jacobs said Geller's writers define all Muslims as practitioners of jihad.

"We agree with her 100 percent that there's no excuse for terrorism," Rabbi Jacobs said. "But that's not an excuse to come after an entire group of people, just like we wouldn't want someone who's concerned about settlers to use that as an excuse for anti-Semitism."

Two Christian groups, Sojourners and United Methodist Women, also either have or will put up subway ads trying to counter Geller's, according to The New York Times.

Geller's posters went up late last month after her group won a lawsuit on free speech grounds against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which had tried to ban them.

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To those who decry Rabbis for Human Rights as "kapos", and illegitimate rabbis, you first have to accept contemporary standards of klal yisrael. A vast majority of the U.S. Jewish population accepts women as rabbis.

There are far more constructive pro-Israel messages that Geller could have posted. But for her to choose words that say that anyone who is "against" Israel is a "savage" was merely to burnish her reputation amongst extremists.

Interesting that Christians are speaking out rather convincingly against Jew hatred while alleged "rabbis" are speaking out against those who condemn it!! Whether during the Shoah, for centuries before, or today, the Jews' greatest threat have been the kapos within who are prepared to sacrifice millions of Jews in their personal quest to "apologize" to the masses for the Jewish people even existing!!

http://www.timesofisrael.com/french-president-pledges-to-fight-anti-semitism-with-the-greatest-firmness/

There are no female rabbis. And certainly no rabbis who are concerned about support for Israel.

I think that Gellar's adds are spot on. The word muslim or Islam does not appear anywhere and I think putting up these adds is an over reaction to what the truth is. I don't support what Rabbi Jacobs has said and I think this is just another ploy against Israel. It is a victory for free speech today with Geller's win in court.GO FREE SPEECH.

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