Metro installs pro-Israel ads that equate radical Muslims with savages

The anti-Islam ads will be displayed in four Metro stations. Photo: Richard Reeve

Metro in the process of installing a series pro-Israel ads across the transit system Monday that equates Muslim radicals with savages.{ }

The pro-Israel ads read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilian man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

One ad will be posted in the Takoma, Glenmont, Georgia Avenue and U Street Metro stations. They will be displayed by 5 p.m. Monday,{ }Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says.{ }

“Everyone won't agree with it,” says Metro rider Josephine Bremkpa. “It's going to incense people, make them want to react in some kind of way.”

The Islamic advocacy group, CAIR, says is planning to arrange for Metro ads promoting tolerance.

“It's designed to incite, it's designed to provoke, it's designed to stigmatize American Muslims,” says Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR.

Metro fought the ads, fearing they could spark violence. But a federal judges ruled in favor of them, citing freedom of speech.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer said in a one-page opinion Friday that the advertisement must be displayed no later than 5 p.m. on Monday.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative sued last month for the right to display the ads in the Metro system.

Metro officials had delayed putting up the ads up because of the violent reaction in the Middle East to the video the "Innocence of Muslims," which denigrated the prophet Muhammad.

The posters, also up in New York and San Francisco, have been covered with graffiti or had some words removed.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.