I'm surprised this hasn't been posted before on here. There are so many things that are wrong with this video!
Here's a little background on the women: Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian born, United States citizen who is incredibly vocal against radical Islam,
particularly with regards to the oppression of women. She was in the news almost a year ago when she was arrested while covering the protests in
Tahrir Square. During her twelve hours in custody she was allegedly physically and sexually assaulted. Pam Geller, the woman behind the ads, is Jewish
and an equally outspoken supporter of Israel. Geller claims that since her ad uses the word "Jihad" instead of "Muslim" it is directed solely at
extremists and terrorists.
Firstly, the sign was ruled in court that it could not be rejected due to its offensive nature. The MTA at first had barred the ads from being placed,
but that was overruled as being protected by the First Amendment. So, while the ads are inflammatory, unclear, and offensive, Geller had the law on
her side in placing the ads.
Secondly, what Mona is doing is expressing her right to free speech in the wrong manner. She seems to think that free speech also allows for
vandalism, especially of another's right to free speech. She could have just as easily told people passing by her views on the ad, handed out papers
about her views on the ad, taken out an opposing ad near this inflammatory ad, or so much more. On top of that, she is hardly exercising her right to
non-violent protest. There is some pretty clear assault on the woman attempting to block her vandalism by spraying her with paint. Assault is used in
terms of substantial certainty there was unwanted touching of another person or belongings attached to them involved.
Lastly, the police were clearly out of line. Obviously she was willfully committing vandalism and assaulting the other woman and the arrest is within
reason, but when Mona, also within her rights, asks what she is being arrested for the arresting officer just scoffs and sarcastically says, "For
what? You're under arrest." She repeatedly asked the arresting officers, who were not able to, at least on video, tell her why she was being detained.
That's a pretty obvious neglect of position on their part.
Regardless of this all, it's a pretty amazing publicity stunt for both sides. If only our legislative branch could work together so well!
EDIT: Having some trouble in getting the YouTube video to embed. It can also be viewed
edit on 10/1/2012 by cmdrkeenkid because: Having difficulty
with the YouTube embedding.