My organization, the human rights advocacy group the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has unveiled a new advertising campaign that boldly tells truths that the U.S. government and the mainstream media seem determined to obfuscate.
The series of six ads will run on 100 New York City buses beginning next week. One key new ad points up the uselessness of the distinction between “moderate” and “extremist” Muslims, depicting two photos of Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a London-based Muslim who pursued a career as a rap artist until he turned to jihad and went to the Islamic State. The first photo shows Abdel Bary as a rapper; the second just before he beheaded American journalist James Foley. Abdel Bary’s face is masked in the second photo, but British intelligence has identified him as the murderer of Foley. The ad bears the legend, “Yesterday’s moderate is today’s headline.”
The United States and other Western nations have paid insufficient attention to the fact that Muslim communities in the West have not made any concerted effort to expel supporters of jihad terror from their midst, and have done nothing at all to teach against the jihadist understanding of Islam, even though they ostensibly reject it. This has the effect that we see illustrated by the trajectory of Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary: people taken as “moderate” turn out to be “extremist.”
Another new ad paraphrases and expands upon another statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to emphasize the sameness of the beliefs and goals of various jihad groups – and one of their chief U.S. enablers: “Hamas is ISIS. Hamas is al-Qaeda. Hamas is Boko Haram. Hamas is CAIR in America. Jihad is jihad.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has had several of its officials convicted of jihad terror activity, and has opposed every counter-terror measure ever proposed or enacted. It also has been shown to have abundant links to Hamas. This is not the “moderate” group of media myth.
The third ad quotes Netanyahu stating another unpopular truth: “Hamas is using civilians as human shields. We use missiles to protect our people. They use their people to protect their missiles.”
The fourth ad points out that “Christians are becoming extinct everywhere in the Middle East except Israel” and calls for an end to U.S. aid to Islamic countries in light of the ongoing and increasing Muslim persecution of Christians.
Two of the ads have run before, including the ad that became the focus of a landmark freedom of speech court case that AFDI won against politically correct attempts to silence resistance to jihad terror. It reads: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.”
Controversial during its first run for calling jihadis “savages,” now this ad has been abundantly vindicated by the savagery of the Islamic State. As numerous political leaders, including Barack Obama, call the ISIS jihadis “savages” or “barbarians,” AFDI has been shown to have been right all along.
Another controversial AFDI ad making a repeat appearance is the one depicting Adolf Hitler with Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, and stating: “Islamic Jew-Hatred. It’s in the Qur’an.” Here again, with Muslim anti-Semitism rising and becoming increasingly violent worldwide, AFDI has been shown to be right.
AFDI plans to roll out these ads across the country on buses and train stations in major cities.
AFDI stands for:
The freedom of speech – as opposed to Islamic prohibitions of “blasphemy” and “slander,” which are used effectively to quash honest discussion of jihad and Islamic supremacism;
The freedom of conscience – as opposed to the Islamic death penalty for apostasy;
The equality of rights of all people before the law – as opposed to Sharia’s institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims.
Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here. Like her on Facebook here.