Muni has placed a counter-ad on 10 of its buses right alongside the controversial pro-Israel message that an activist bought.

Muni’s ads read:

SFMTA policy prohibits discrimination based on national origin, religion, and other characteristics, and condemns statements that describe any group as “savages.”

Muni’s ad has an arrow pointing downward to the original ad, which has caused a stir with this language:

In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.

Muni spokesman Paul Rose tells ABC 7 in San Francisco, “Obviously, we think the ads that are in place right now are repulsive and they definitely cross a line. There’s not a lot we can do, in light of the First Amendment”

Pamela Geller with the American Freedom Defense Initiative paid for the original ad and responds on her blog:

This is unprecedented in the history of outdoor advertising. This is the manifestation of Sharia in Western society. Any war on innocent civilians is savage. They are reading the idea that “all Muslims” or “all Arabs” want to destroy Israel into my ad. That is nowhere in my message. They are the Islamophobes and racists.

Geller writes she plans to run another ad, to counter the counter ad:

So will Muni place a counter-counter-counter ad? We’ll keep you posted.


Muni Puts Up Counter Ads to Controversial Pro-Israel Messages; Activist Says ‘Manifestation of Sharia’ 20 August,2012Caitlin Esch

  • Clearly, Muni put up the disclaimer because they are afraid of Muslim retaliation. The terrorist have already won.

  • Sorry, how is it your first amendment right to be able to BUY whatever advertising you like on a bus? Is the KKK allowed to buy any ad they like in any medium? I think not? Billboard companies reject ads all the time, for instance. Great. Now I have to look up all the legalities on this…

  • ME

    this is hilarious b/c who the hell is Geller to think someone can or cant do something!? point is like any company would say or do “we dont agree with the products and or services advertised here.” that is exactly what Muni is doing b/c anyone would protect their customers and employees from a possible retaliation, if any. GOOD FOR MUNI FOR NOT PUSHING HER BIGOT AGENDA!!!

  • Jean Vercors

    In response to
    Muni’s ads that read:SFMTA policy prohibits discrimination based on national origin, religion, and other characteristics, and condemns statements that describe any group as “savages.”

    Do allow me to bring up the following points to your attention,

    What was SFMTA’s reaction when ?
    Hamas has launched thousands of rockets toward southern Israel targeting the civilian population, That is savage.
    Itamar massacre: Fogel family was butchered while sleeping, that is also savage.
    January 27, 2002, Jerusalem, Israel. A Palestinian woman triggered a massive explosion in downtown Jerusalem killing one elderly Israeli and injuring more than 150, including American Mark Sokolow, his wife, and 16 and 12-year-old daughters. Sokolow had earlier survived the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, escaping from his law office on the 38th floor of the South Tower before it collapsed. Again That is savage.
    February 8, 2002, Jerusalem, Israel. Stabbing in Abu Tor Peace Forest Jerusalem. U.S. citizen killed: Moranne Amit, 25 and again That is savage.
    February 15, 2002, near Ramallah, West Bank. Lee Akunis a US citizen was shot to death. That is savage.
    February 16, 2002: Bombing in Karnei Shomron. U.S. citizens killed: Keren Shatsky, 14, of Brooklyn, NY and Maine, Rachel Thaler, 16, of Baltimore, MD. U.S. citizens injured: Lior Thaler, 14, of Baltimore, MD, Hillel Trattner of Chicago, IL, Ronit Yucht Trattner of Chicago, IL, Chani Friedman of New York. That is savage.
    In the name of Jihad, The September 11 attacks were committed by 19 terrorists from the Islamist group al-Qaeda, The last words of the terrorists, it was Allah hu Akhbar when they came to kill 3,000 people. That was savage ! don’t you think so?
    The Fort Hood shooting that took place on November 5, 2009, at Fort Hood,Texas. A single gunman Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and wounded 29 others. He believed in Jihad, was it deplorable to SFMTA?
    This is only a partial list of crimes committed in the name of Jihad and those who believes in Jihad and supremacy of Islam kill innocent civilians.
    19,250 Islamic attacks since 9/11” and states that “It’s not Islamophobia, it’s Islamorealism.”
    What is hateful and morally repugnant are those who want to ignore this inconvenient fact by turning a blind eye.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. described bigotry in the following quotation: “The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.
    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    Jean Vercors

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