Egyptian CNN, MSNBC Pundit Arrested for Vandalizing Pro-Israel Ad (VIDEO)

September 26, 2012 9:23 pm 10 comments

Egyptian-American columnist Mona Eltahawy was arrested for defacing a pro-Israel ad.

Egyptian-American anti-Israel activist Mona Eltahawy was arrested on Tuesday evening on charges of criminal mischief misdemeanor for defacing a pro-Israel advertisement at a Times Square subway station, according to the New York Post.

Eltahawy, who claims on her website to be a columnist for Canada’s Toronto Star, Israel’s The Jerusalem Report and Denmark’s Politike, expressed her displeasure over the ads on twitter and publicly pondered how she would act on it. She added the hashtag #ProudSavage, in reference to the ad’s message, which labels Jihadis as savages.

The enraged pundit approached one of the ads hours later with a spray can of pink paint and set about defacing the subway poster. Within seconds, a passerby, Pamela Hall, a Manhattan mom who told the Post that she supports the message of the ad, intervened to block the defacement.

“So Mona, you think  you have a right to do this?” said Hall, “I do actually” Mona responded, “I think this is freedom of expression.”

Hall persisted in her objections, protecting the ad with her body, prompting Eltahawy to threaten,  “If you don’t want paint on yourself, you should get out the way.” Hall continued to press her objections, apparently infuriating the vandal, who cursed at Hall.

Shortly afterward, cops arrived at the scene accompanied by a police German shepherd and placed Eltahawy under arrest. She continued to protest loudly as she was marched away in cuffs, saying, “this is what happens in America when you non-violently protest,” an observer on the scene can be heard in the video posted below responding bluntly, “that’s true.”

The News Busters blog provided some further background information on Eltahawy, who spoke on a panel at J Street’s 2011 conference and called Israel’s 2008/09 defensive action against Hamas a “massacre”: ”a former Reuters correspondent, (she) has been a recent favorite of CNN and MSNBC’s weekend morning shows to discuss Egypt, and she often smears together the Islamist “right wing” and the American right wing,” wrote Tim Graham.

A video of Eltahawy’s criminal act and the actions of Pamela Hall can be viewed below, courtesy of the New York Post.

10 Comments

  • It is the standard way of action for anti Zionists/Semites to promote their own narrative, while destroying that of the people they want to oppress.

    Eltahawy is a classic example of just such fascist behaviour. All across the Muslim world, riots have broken out over what is being called insult and provocation.

    Have riots broken out in any Christian country due to the intimidation of Christians in Arab countries? Have any riots broken out in Israel due to the flagrant, prolific and horrible racist filth that is published in Arab countries?

    The answer to both questions is no of course. People like Eltahawy choose to ‘take offence’, in order to close down debate and try to force the West to submit to the demands of Eltahawy and her friends, the Islamofascists.

    But this time they have gone too far. They have shown that almost literally at the drop of a hat, Islamist mobs can be manipulated into a false sense of grievance and outrage which leads to people being killed. This manipulation is the cynical use of religion to get their own way – it is phoney and the action of a naughty child, except here people have died.

    Enough – Eltahawy, we’ve seen through you. You’re just a common or garden vandal who’s been caught in the act. Well done Mrs Hall for defying this woman.

  • In July, the editor of THIS VERY PUBLICATION was quoted by LoHud.com describing anti-Israel ads on the Metro North as antisemitic, joining calls for them to be censored by the MTA. So when an ad is anti-Israel, it must be censored. But when an ad is anti-Muslim, it’s free speech. Got it.

    http://www.lohud.com/article/20120712/NEWS02/307120045/Pro-Palestinian-ads-Metro-North-stations-alarm-Jewish-leaders

  • The problem with left-wing self-righteous anti-semites is that they think their right to free speech supercedes anyone else’s right to free speech. Therefore, disrupting the Israel ambassador’s speech or vandalizing an ad that supports Israel’ point of view is OK. This kind of thinking works in Cuba or China, but not in America, Mona.

  • I commend Pamela Hall for her valiant actions. And I wonder if Ms. Mona were to be arrested in her homeland of Egypt when she’d see daylight again.

  • My guess, Mona, is that you are being arrested for a) vandalism, and b) assault. You probably should also be arrested for terminal stupidity.

  • Everett Coldwell

    Thank You Mona Eltahawy. Racism has no place in a modern democracy.

    • You don’t think Mona is a racist? She’s at least a Marxist, not the least concerned about anyone’s right to opinion unless it agrees with hers….

    • So it was okay for Moaning Mona to call Egyptians ‘wild beasts’ but ‘savages’s is offensive ?

      Hypocrisy much , you useful idiot ?

  • “Ehh, you don’t have the right to know what you’re arrested for”. Good to see Colin Quinn’s working these days, but it’s not really so great a bit.

  • I commend you Mona Hall for your brave actions.

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