Over at PJ Media I discuss the increasingly open Leftist and Islamic supremacist eagerness to jettison the freedom of speech, and how the mainstream media applauds the unapologetic criminality of Islamic supremacist journalist Mona Eltahawy, arrested for vandalizing Pamela Geller’s pro-Israel ads in the New York subway.
internationally notable Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy last
week took a can of spray paint and began spray-painting over an ad in
the Times Square subway station that she didn’t like. Eltahawy painted
the ad until a supporter of the ad got in between her and it; shortly
thereafter, Eltahawy was arrested, charged with criminal mischief, and
spent the night in jail. That a prominent journalist would stoop to this
crude act of vandalism is noteworthy in itself, but even more striking
is the fact that so many on the Left are applauding her for it.
The ad read: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage,
support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.” It was created
by my colleague Pamela Geller and sponsored by the American Freedom
Defense Initiative (AFDI), of which I am associate director. The
mainstream media has widely circulated the claim that this ad is somehow
referring to and demeaning of all Muslims, even though the words
“Muslim” and “Islam” never appear in it, and it is quite clearly
referring to those jihad terrorists who commit acts of savagery against
Israeli civilians and then celebrate those acts.
Nonetheless, whether as part of their ongoing efforts to demonize and
marginalize all those who speak out against jihad, or out of visceral
hatred for Israel, or both, Leftist and putatively “moderate” Muslim
writers have enthusiastically praised Eltahawy”s vandalism and called
for more ads to be defaced. Cyrus McGoldrick of the New York chapter of
the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) exulted about Eltahawy”s vandalism: “THIS is GOLD.”
Christina Abraham, the “civil rights director” of Hamas-linked CAIR”s Chicago chapter, went even farther, tweeting
that “what some might call hate ads,” Eltahawy “sees as a blank canvas.
everyone should do the same.” Ironically, Abraham describes herself in
her Twitter profile as a “human rights enthusiast.”
Likewise the Islamic supremacist writer Reza Aslan, who enjoys a
widespread reputation as a “moderate Muslim” despite being a Board
member of the National Iranian American Council, which has recently been established to be a mouthpiece of the Iranian mullahcracy, was enthusiastic about the vandalism and wanted more. “Hey New York!,” he tweeted: “How many racist ads are left unscathed? Get busy.”
Despite (or perhaps because of) this enthusiastic and unapologetic
thirst for violent suppression of the free speech of others, Aslan
frequently speaks on college campuses and in other prominent liberal
fora. He is the epitome of the new Leftist spokesman who increasingly
has no problem with violently suppressing the free speech of his
opponents, and cheerfully owns up to wanting to do so.
This contempt for the freedom of speech is rapidly becoming commonplace on the Left.