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Sunday, November 18, 2012 

Jewish Urban Affairs Council clearly has low opinion of Copts

Pamela Geller's AFDI advertisements have gone up on Chicago buses, these particular ones in defense of the Egyptian Copts, and if there's anyone who's really giving themselves a bad name, it's the Jewish Urban Affairs Council in the area:
“This whole campaign insinuates Muslims are violent,” said Asaf Bar-Tura, programs director for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, which protested the ads on social media Wednesday. “If it's within their legal powers, (CTA) should either not put it up because they incite hate and stereotypical thinking or put a label next to each sign saying `The CTA disagrees with this ad.’ ”

So far, federal judges have sided with the advertisement's sponsor, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which sued transit authorities in New York City and Washington, D.C., when they initially rejected the ads. Those judges ruled that public forums such as buses and trains can't bar advertising entitled to First Amendment protection.

Pamela Geller, executive director of the initiative, said she believes the Jewish Council has good intentions, but denies that her ad qualifies as hate speech.

"There’s nothing hateful about it," she said in an e-mail. "9/11 was hate. 3/11 in Madrid was hate. ... The Christmas underwear bomber was hate. ... Pushing back against such hate is not hate."
That's right, and the JUAC should be ashamed of themselves for signaling they're in favor of censorship, to say nothing of turning their backs on the Copts in a dangerous time like this.

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