I was going over the heads of the mainstream media and appealing directly to the people with truths the media and political elites did not want known. Those elites saw their hegemony challenged. And so they pulled to plug on a century of free speech in New York’s most public square – just to silence me and protect their wealthy friends.
Last Wednesday, New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority voted to halt all political and religious advertising on the streets, the buses, the subways. The discussion was solely about my American Freedom Defense Initiative ads. MTA board member Charles Moerdler, an attorney for the notorious leftist United Federation of Teachers, inadvertently revealed the reason why the ban was being considered: He didn’t mention our anti-Hamas ads that the court had ordered the MTA to run. No, in a vicious and disgusting tirade, he attacked our ads that expose his pals, wealthy Jewish donors who support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions initiatives against Israel.
Moerdler railed against our ads exposing wealthy donors’ support of the New Israel Fund, which supports BDS organizations, shrieking about lashon hara, the Hebrew term for defamatory speech about another person. Actually, truth is not lashon hara; calling me an egomaniac and a zealot, as Moerdler did in his remarks, is. Calling our ads “filth,” Moerdler made no mention of the damage and destruction of BDS to the Jewish state. Yet even an Israeli court ruled that funding BDS was terrorism. Moerdler and his country-club buddies are OK with that, but a “zealot” calling them out about it is “filthy.” And after several board members stood in defense of free speech, Moerdler berated us again with his “filthy” mouth.
Moerdler used the Holocaust and “Mein Kampf” as examples of why free speech should be banned – but it was because free speech was banned that totalitarianism was able to spread in Germany. If the Nazis had allowed free speech, they would never have remained in power as long as they did. His flaunting of being a Holocaust survivor was simply evil. Moerdler has previously argued that it’s “morally wrong” to put out inaccurate information, which is exactly what this dishonest fascist did Wednesday.
Watch his villainous remarks here and here.
The ugliness of Moerdler’s remarks was surpassed by MTA board member Ira Greenberg, who said that my ads “make me want to strangle the life out of the person who took them out.” And I’m the hater? Hey, Ira, if that MTA thing doesn’t work out, maybe you can get a job with ISIS.
Between Moerdler and Greenberg, they ought to be jailed for their hate speech. Watch the entire deluded circus here.
It was a circus because the five public speakers, including me, all spoke in defense of free speech, opposing the ban, yet the ban still carried. Every MTA board member who spoke in the executive session, with the exception of the power-mad Moerdler, spoke in defense of free speech. Moerdler was the only one on record to support the ban. The fascist cowards who voted for the ban did not go on the record. They knew. The vote for the ban passed – a craven sore loser move in light of our AFDI victory in court last week, when a federal judge ruled that our ads criticizing Hamas must run.
It also bears mentioning that when I spoke, they cut my mic. They did not do that to anyone else. What are they so afraid of?
This is a classic case of the powerful trumping the rights of the common man so as to protect their little club. The political and media elites only allow the public discourse to fall within a certain political spectrum. My ads drove them crazy because they fell outside of that spectrum; I was vaulting over their controls and bringing truths to the public that they didn’t want known. They had to move to shut me down.
The rich and powerful trumped our unalienable rights in New York City last Wednesday.
But they haven’t won yet. We have already begun to pursue this legally; our lawyers, David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise, immediately wrote to the MTA asking that our ads be put up forthwith, as they are not political. And we immediately gained another victory. The MTA on Friday filed a motion to dismiss the ruling that our ads must run in light of their new guidelines banning all political ads. Understandably, however, the judge who ruled in our favor was not amused. And just to show how loaded the dice are against us, the judge, the MTA lawyer and libeler Moerdler are friends. Good, clubby, cigar, one-percent, brandy friends. But the judge assured us that he would be impartial, and, frankly, to date he has been, so I will reserve judgment.
MTA lawyer Peter Sistrom insisted Friday that the ban against our ads was not against us per se, but against all political ads. Nonsense. They never fought the anti-Jewish ads or anti-Israel ads. They only banned only our ads – ads exposing the ideology behind the jihad against Israel and America.
There is an expression in Yiddish, “Auf ein gunaf brentz hittle,” or “On the thief the hat burns.” In other words, “You have a guilty conscience.” And the hot hats over at the MTA are on fire.
Judge Koeltl railed against Sistrom for 45 minutes. It was gorgeous.
Imagine: In post-9/11 New York City, with scores of Islamic attacks thwarted in the subway, the Holland Tunnel, New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Building, Times Square, etc., NYC is banning criticism of jihad and Shariah.
Ground Zero mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was right when he said Sept. 11 was a watershed moment for Islam. They won.
But it isn’t over. We will continue to fight for free speech – for the right of ordinary people to be heard, and not crushed by the rich and powerful. And if America remains free, we will prevail.
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