Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mona Eltahawy Arrested for spray painting graffiti over anti-jihad NY subway ad

An Egyptian-born U.S. columnist was arrested Tuesday for spray painting an advertisement equating Muslim radicals with savages at a New York City subway station.

Mona Eltahawy, 45, of New York, was arrested on charges including criminal mischief and making graffiti, police said.

Eltahawy is a women's rights defender and lecturer on the role of social media in the Arab world. She calls herself a liberal Muslim who's spoken publicly against violent Islamic groups.

The incident was captured on video, which shows Eltahawy spraying pink paint on the ad while another woman tries to block her.

'This is non-violent protest, see this America' Eltahawy said as police officers were arresting her. 'I'm an Egyptian-American and I refuse hate.' Read More