Arab Spring activist arrested in New York for attempt to deface pro-Israel poster

Egyptian-born activist Mona Eltahawy defaces ‘anti jihad’ ad- New York
Sep 25, 2012 by
Protesters clash over provocative ‘pro-Israel’ subway poster. – New York Post
Jerome Taylor, Religious Affairs Correspondent, The Independent
Thursday 27 September 2012
The prominent US-Egyptian activist Mona Eltahawy has been arrested in New York for defacing a subway poster that labels Muslims who oppose Israeli policies as “savage”.
Ms Eltahawy, who has become a prominent commentator since she was viciously beaten by pro-Mubarak thugs during the protests that toppled the Egyptian dictator last year, sprayed pink paint over the billboard until she was led away in handcuffs by police.
Her protest was captured on film by a local news crew. Ms Eltahawy can be seen vandalising a poster which reads: “In any war between the civilised man and the savage, support the civilised man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” Local blogger Pamela Hall, who writes regular anti-Muslim posts on a number of sites, attempts to stop Ms Eltahawy in an exchange which gets both increasingly fractious and comical.
The posters have been criticised as inflammatory because they appear to suggest that any opposition to Israel is somehow both militant and savage. They were paid for by the American Freedom Defence Initiative (AFDI), a right-wing lobby group which gained notoriety last year when it spearheaded the campaign against plans to build a mosque in downtown Manhattan. It is known for its support of Israel.
Even before Ms Eltahawy’s protest, the advertising campaign had caused controversy. Unlike in Britain, where the rules governing political adverts are significantly tighter, New York generally allows protest posters if the backers have the money to pay for it. Continue reading