In N.Y. subway ads, Jewish and Christian groups urge tolerance

A Jewish group and a Christian group are hanging ads in the New York subway system urging tolerance.

The ads placed by Rabbis for Human Rights–North America and Sojourners, led by social justice advocate Jim Wallis, went up Oct. 8 and aim to counter an anti-Muslim advertisement that reads, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

The ad by Rabbis for Human Rights reads, “In the choice between love and hate, choose love. Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors.” The Sojourners ad says, “Love your Muslim neighbors.”

The ads reportedly will be hung near the anti-jihad ads in the same Manhattan subway stations, according to the New York Times.

On Oct. 5, a federal judge ordered the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to hang the anti-Muslim ad sponsored by Pamela Geller, the founder, editor and publisher of and executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

The same ads appeared on Muni buses in San Francisco in August and were condemned by the Jewish Community Relations Council and American Jewish Committee as “inflammatory and anti-Muslim.” — jta