WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - When you hop on the Metro, you may notice a new ad in some stations that some people say is stirring up hate. The ad reads, "In any war between a civilized man and a savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
The ad is the brainchild of equally controversial pro-Israel NYC activist and blogger Pamela Geller. She explains why. "The ads were submitted because there were anti-Israel ads that were running in the Washington Metro Transit Authority, so our ads were submitted as a counter to those anti-Israel ads. The beheading of Daniel Pearl is savage, the assassination of Ambassador Stevens is savage, the word is accurate, it's barbaric and uncivilized."
The ads have been in NYC subway stations for a week. A compelling YouTube video shows an Egyptian-born journalist getting arrested for spray-painting over the ad in what she calls a peaceful protest.
The NYPD didn't see it that way. Now, some are hoping that the ads don't stir up the same kind of problems here. 9News asked people at the U Street Metro station for their reaction. Nathan Shook from Northwest DC shared his first thoughts. "I think it's provocative, in a bad way." Lynn Boynton, also of Northwest DC told us one word stuck out the most: "Savage. It certainly makes you stop and think."
Nihad Awad of the Council of American-Islamic Relations says these types of ads lead to an increase in violence against Muslims, "We believe these types of ads promote these sentiments against American Muslims, Islam and even peaceful resolutions through conflict."
Not surprisingly, Geller disagrees. "My ads are love speech, not hate speech, and we have to talk about this."