Mona Eltahawy arrested for defacing Geller’s racist savage ad in NYC subway

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Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy was arrested yesterday exercising “freedom of expression,” spray painting over savage Geller ad.

NYPost:

“Mona, do you think you have the right to do this?” said Pamela Hall, holding a mounted camera as she tried to block the barrage of spray paint.

“I do actually,” Eltahawy calmly responded. “I think this is freedom of expression, just as this is freedom of expression.”

Hall then thrusts herself between Eltahawy’s spray paint and the poster.

Eltahawy — an activist who has appeared on MSNBC and CNN — engaged her in an odd cat-and-mouse dance, spraying pink every time she had an opening.

“What right do you have to violate free speech,” Hall pleaded.

“I’m not violating it. I’m making an expression on free speech,” an increasingly agitated Eltahawy shot back.

“You do not have the right!” Hall said.

“I do actually and I’m doing it right now and you should get out of the way! Do you want paint on yourself,” Eltahawy shot ack

As the poster defender bobbed and weaved to get in the paint’s way, Eltahawy mocked: “That’s right, defend racism.”

Finally an MTA police officer and an NYPD cop came to scene and arrested Eltahawy.

For more on Pamela Hall see here.

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  1. Mndwss
    September 26, 2012, 10:04 am

    I just started to watch the film Der ewige Jude. (Directed by Fritz Hippler). I could not see the whole film because it is horrible. I could only take 5 minutes of the hate.

    It starts with the text: “This film shows actual shots of the Polish ghettos. It shows us the Jews as they really look… before concealing themselves… behind the mask of civilized Europeans.”

    After the end of the Second World War, Hippler was interned and sentenced to two years in prison.

    Pamela Geller is the new Hippler.

    She should be put in prison to prevent the Third World War.

    • tokyobk
      September 26, 2012, 10:12 am

      If people get put in prison for saying stupid racist things then no need for WWIII. Time to just submit to Big Brother. And believe me it will be dissenters who are jailed first.

      That said I completely share your disgust and can relate to the similar evoked by Der ewige Jude.

      And how can you not love Mona Eltahawy? She is a force of nature.

    • ColinWright
      September 26, 2012, 7:08 pm

      “Pamela Geller is the new Hippler.

      She should be put in prison to prevent the Third World War”

      I’d vote for just sending her on a speaking tour of Palestinian refugee camps.

      To save money, we can skip the security.

      • eljay
        September 27, 2012, 11:17 am

        >> I’d vote for just sending her on a speaking tour of Palestinian refugee camps.
        >> To save money, we can skip the security.

        Funny, I had similar thoughts regarding Cheney, Rumsfeld et al. and a speaking tour of Iraq… :-)

  2. hughsansom
    September 26, 2012, 10:05 am

    Anybody think it’s a helluva coincidence that Pamela Hall just _happened_ to be on the scene to advocate for racist hate-speech?

    • Annie Robbins
      September 26, 2012, 10:07 am

      no, she probably hangs out in front of the most visible locales to protect the signs and ‘catch’ people defacing them.

      • Darcha
        September 26, 2012, 11:27 am

        No. The Rabid Ones (Patent Pending) have realized that people are protesting the signs. They think their bigotry is normal and believe that they can, by catching the Evil Ones (Patenting licensed to nearest Zio-gauleiter) in the act of defacing the truth, they can ‘prove’ the truth of their claim. We should send a Holocaust victim to deface the next one–No joke!–TOMORROW!

  3. Matthew Graber
    September 26, 2012, 10:12 am

    There’s been a bit of debate on the matter on Facebook and Twitter: Was Mona trying to draw attention to herself with this as a staged protest? If so, is interjecting her ego into the matter productive for dispelling the influence and effects of the racist ads?

    Remi Kenazi posted:
    ‘From Rahim Kurwa: “Lots of amazing New York activists managed to creatively deface Pam Gellar’s racist ads in ways that exposed their bigotry. But Mona Eltahawy showed up with a bottle of spray paint to mindlessly cover up the ad and make a scene in public, including spelling her name for people to tweet as she got arrested. Kudos to the many nameless, faceless activists for subverting racism the right way, and shame on Mona Eltahawy for once again trying to grab the spotlight.”

    To which somebody responded, ‘Somehow between November of 2011 and Sept 2012 I must have missed a chunk of news about Mona and the interpretation of her motivation. I did not know about the racist ad until I saw on Twitter Mona being arrested. When I read it I started posting about the racist ad. Shame or no shame, I believe she gave more exposure to what’s happening right now in terms of racist ads being displayed around us. It is not about Mona but about spreading awareness. In the meantime, I’m intrigued to understand where the spot light grabbing comes in.’

    Max Blumenthal weighed in on Twitter:
    7:42 PM – 25 Sep 12: ‘Mona Eltahawy and Pam Geller in tacit media attention alliance: link to nypost.com …’

    7:50 PM – 25 Sep 12: ‘It was staged for media attention, positioning herself deceptively as leader of fight against racist ads.’

    8:48 PM – 25 Sep 12: ‘@MuftahOrg sometimes self-promotion is productive but in this case it casts the campaign against the ads as lawless & wacko’

  4. Sumud
    September 26, 2012, 11:54 am

    “What right do you have to violate free speech,” Hall pleaded.

    “I’m not violating it. I’m making an expression on free speech,” an increasingly agitated Eltahawy shot back.

    “You do not have the right!” Hall said.

    I know nothing about Hall so followed annie’s link at the end of the article. You know who she is? The cow that started the whole ridiculous thing in NYC that closed down the school that Debbie Almontaser founded because of a T-shirt that read “Intifada NYC” [from annie's link]:

    The summer before Almontaser was to take the helm of Khalil Gibran, Stop the Madrassa spokeswoman Pamela Hall went trolling at New York’s annual Muslim Day Parade. Hall found a t-shirt that read “Intifada NYC” and snapped a picture. Gold mine: Almontaser was on the board of an organization that rented office space to the women’s group that made the t-shirt.

    So if it’s islamophobic hate speech, Hall is fine with that.

    An arabic word that translates to “uprising” (not even anything as threatening as “revolution”) – the sky falls in and a school gets closed down because of it.

    Such hypocrisy. These people are despicable.

  5. anonymouscomments
    September 26, 2012, 12:02 pm

    OT, and i assume most MW folks saw this… (is this REAL?)

    but man…. that is brazen. you don’t discuss false flags, covert actions, and provocations to start a war of aggression *publicly*, right?

    he should have gone all in and mentioned the lavon affair and the USS liberty, as examples of how to not carry out a false flag (BTW, i assume israel had the OK for the attempted false flag on the USS liberty in advance… as we covered it up instantly, while it was failing).

    • anonymouscomments
      September 26, 2012, 12:03 pm

      but i really hope someone does a front page article here on the long history of israeli covert actions… including working with jundallah and lobbying to delist MEK (that i assume both israel and the US are working with already).

    • Ellen
      September 27, 2012, 11:16 am

      It is real and he did call for the US to start a false flag. No one in the room objected.

  6. Kathleen
    September 26, 2012, 1:26 pm

    Pamela Hall was clearly physically aggressive towards Mona first. So we have hate speech allowed up on city transit property, Mona non violently trying to cover up hate speech and Pamela Hall physically trying to stop Mona from covering up hate speech. So twisted. Does Pamela Hall just stand there all of the time or do the Amdocs/Comverse Insosys (Israeli based communication systems with access to 95% of all American phone calls) access Mona’s phone, text, etc to know when she was coming. The timing is odd. Unless Hall stands there 24/7

    • PeaceThroughJustice
      September 26, 2012, 2:19 pm

      “The timing is odd.”

      Eltahawy is a well know activist. Hall was undoubtedly stalking her, just as Hall and Geller had earlier stalked another enemy of the Jewish people, Debbie Almontaser. It’s what they do. It’s not easy but someone’s got to look out for what’s good for the Jews.

      Pamela Hall and two other Stop the Madrassa members filed a defamation suit against Almontaser after she delivered a statement on the steps of City Hall saying, “Members of the coalition stalked me wherever I went and verbally assaulted me.”

  7. proudzionist777
    September 26, 2012, 2:00 pm

    @Kathleen

    “Amdocs/Comverse Insosys (Israeli based communication systems with access to 95% of all American phone calls) access Mona’s phone, text, etc to know when she was coming. The timing is odd. Unless Hall stands there 24/7″

    Don’t bother to you check under your bed at night for Jews. They can shape-shift into cockroaches.

    • Kathleen
      September 26, 2012, 6:17 pm

      The Fox New four part Carl Cameron report that came out soon after 9/11 is a must watch. Not about “cockroaches” as proud zionist 777 calls Jews but about Israeli based communication companies who in the report have access to 95% of all Americans phones. These companies do data mining. Watch the four part report at Information clearing house. You will come to an understanding of what Israeli based companies like Comverse Infosys and Amdocs do.

      In that four part report much about how Israeli intelligence had been tracking 9/11 terrorist. If you have never watched that four part report a must watch

      And proud zionist you might want to look under your bed at night the truth might be there ready to bite you in the ass

    • ColinWright
      September 27, 2012, 12:23 am

      proudzionist777: “Don’t bother to you check under your bed at night for Jews. They can shape-shift into cockroaches.”

      That may have been just you.

    • marc b.
      September 27, 2012, 10:51 am

      Don’t bother to you check under your bed at night for Jews. They can shape-shift into cockroaches.

      proud? your handle should be ‘self-hating zionist777′. who, besides you, identified ‘jews’ with cockroaches? do cockroaches have an intelligence service? and, what, ‘jews’ aren’t smart enough to use electronic surveillance to monitor perceived enemies? and ‘jews’, like the ADL for example, aren’t smart enough to gather intelligence on activists and share that intelligence with state and federal law enforcement? don’t kid yourself, you’re the only racist in the middle of this conversation. no one but you has conflated ‘the jews’ with the psychotic hall and geller and the paranoid intelligence services.

    • eljay
      September 27, 2012, 11:28 am

      >> Don’t bother to you check under your bed at night for Jews. They can shape-shift into cockroaches.

      I’m surprised that a Zio-supremacist who only recently migrated to a “Jewish State” would make such a blatantly anti-Semitic comment. Must be a self-loathing Zio-supremacist…

    • Cliff
      September 27, 2012, 12:01 pm

      Didn’t Phil do a story about a Zionist nightclub organizer who setup parties with free booze for young singles with the catch being that there would be a political speaker between every other song? LOL

      So pathetic but hey, ‘they’ are indeed well-organized and this sort of thing is so laughably bad that it inspires the worst stereotypes.

  8. PeaceThroughJustice
    September 26, 2012, 2:04 pm

    When he reads accounts like this, does TokyBK ask himself whether Pamela Hall is Jewish? Or is it just the gentiles who are not supposed to notice?

    link to jewishyellow.com

    • tokyobk
      September 26, 2012, 10:10 pm

      I didn’t think about it. I thought she was a schmuck though.

      • PeaceThroughJustice
        September 27, 2012, 10:18 am

        “I didn’t think about it.”

        That’s odd, given your fascination with the possibility that Alexander Hamilton might once have had a Jewish schoolteacher.

        “Schmuck” is an interesting way of describing professional hate peddlers like Geller and Hall.

  9. ColinWright
    September 26, 2012, 2:11 pm

    She didn’t spray paint Pamela Hall, though.

  10. seafoid
    September 26, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Who is Pamela Hall?

    I think one of the problems in the US is the fetishising of the Constitution. Free speech is fine but can’t it be overridden by some common sense? What is the point of putting up posters all over NYC calling Muslims savages?

    Which religion bridged the gap between the ancient world and the renaissance? When England was plodding its way through the Dark Ages where was the greatest art being produced ?

    Savages my ass .

    link to nybooks.com

    • ColinWright
      September 26, 2012, 7:03 pm

      seafoid says: “What is the point of putting up posters all over NYC calling Muslims savages? “

      If people only did fine, morally uplifting things with their freedom, I doubt if there would be any objection to it at all.

      It is precisely our willingness to put up with garbage like this that tests our commitment.

  11. seafoid
    September 26, 2012, 2:38 pm

    It looks like a scene out of Monty Python.

  12. proudzionist777
    September 26, 2012, 3:29 pm

    Mona should have stood on a soapbox next to the offensive poster and expressed her views without defacing Pamela’s message. Mona could have reached a wide audience of subway commuters and upheld our cherished Western values at the same time.

    • Woody Tanaka
      September 26, 2012, 3:53 pm

      No, pudracist, Mona does not need the advice of the likes of you. When vermin like Geller and her ilk poison America with this zionist filth, good people should not just stand by. If Geller doesn’t like it, let her stand in the subway.

    • ColinWright
      September 26, 2012, 6:50 pm

      proudzionist777 says: “…our cherished Western values.”

      What do you mean ‘ours’? At last report, you’d abandoned this country in favor of a Levantine shithole that practices a variation on Naziism. I prefer to think you and I share no values whatsoever.

  13. ColinWright
    September 26, 2012, 6:47 pm

    Apparently, Mona did spraypaint Pamela. At least, so Pamela claims.

    Good stuff. Regrettably, no footage of Pamela in pink — at least in the NYT’s version.

  14. ColinWright
    September 26, 2012, 6:54 pm

    It all really does illustrate it all to my complete satisfaction.

    Sure, slime like Geller can post their vitriolic hatred. Then, when targets of that hatred — like the Egyptian woman — are offended, Geller and those who would defend her can accept the consequences.

  15. Kathleen
    September 26, 2012, 8:52 pm

    Was thinking about how the police officers approached. No questions, just went right for Mona as if Pam had them ready and waiting. No questions just slapped the wrist cuffs on her. No questions. One would think the police officers would have asked people in the area, the camera person, witnesses about what happened. Not just take Pam’s word for it. And Pam was the one who clearly got physical. Would have been much better for her to step aside and let Mona go about doing what she was doing. Pam physically imposed herself and then decided to get physical with Mona. This tape tells the story

    • Woody Tanaka
      September 27, 2012, 10:17 am

      This is the NYPD we’re talking about here. They’re infested with Islamophobia no less than any other zio-tainted organization.

  16. Kathleen
    September 26, 2012, 11:39 pm

    As the police are coming down the hall they have to be able to see Pamela Hall pushing Mona. Why did they immediately grab Mona and not Pamela who was clearly assaulting Mona. You can be sure Pamela Hall has had her chats with those police officers before hand

  17. Kathleen
    September 26, 2012, 11:45 pm

    Watch the officer with the dog lean over and whisper into Pamela Hall’s ear and then Hall says “ok”

  18. Kathleen
    September 26, 2012, 11:52 pm

    As the police are coming down the hall they have to be able to see Pamela Hall pushing Mona. Why did they immediately grab Mona and not Pamela who was clearly assaulting Mona. You can be sure Pamela Hall has had her chats with those police officers before hand.

    The other officer says to Mona “she (Hall)has the right to stop you from spray painting”

  19. ColinWright
    September 27, 2012, 12:20 am

    Kathleen says: “The other officer says to Mona “she (Hall)has the right to stop you from spray painting”

    Legally, I think Hall did. You see someone committing a crime, you have the right to attempt to prevent them from committing it.

    Note that legality and morality are not the same.

  20. Mayhem
    September 27, 2012, 6:16 pm

    These pro-Palestinian ads were far more offensive than Geller’s link to mujahideenryder.net
    Meanwhile another 300 people lost their lives yesterday in the Syrian slaughter house.
    Does anybody here have any perspective?

    • pogomutt
      September 28, 2012, 1:54 am

      “Meanwhile another 300 people lost their lives yesterday in the Syrian slaughter house. Does anybody here have any perspective?”

      Yes, I think we should send all factions in Syria $3 billion worth of bullets.

  21. pogomutt
    September 28, 2012, 1:19 am

    “racist savage ad”

    Pray tell, how does one exercise “racism” against Islam?

    • Woody Tanaka
      September 28, 2012, 7:25 am

      “Pray tell, how does one exercise ‘racism’ against Islam?”

      Oh, great. Yet another pedantic douchebag who doesn’t understand that racism has gain a secondary meaning of “any bigotry akin to racism.”

  22. German Lefty
    September 29, 2012, 6:16 pm

    Mona will be a guest on Up with Chris Hayes tomorrow.

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