Mona Eltahawy is no Subway Mona Lisa

A guest post by AKUS

As by now many will know, the anti-Israeli Egyptian-American Mona Eltahawy was arrested for defacing public property and assaulting a woman who tried to prevent her from painting over a sign condemning jihadis in the New York Subway:

Here is the video of her taken by Pamela Hall, the woman assaulted:


And, here is the video taken by another videographer of the assault:


This is (a partially defaced) picture of the poster Eltahawy savagely attacked (she tweeted at #proudsavage for any who object to my use of the word “savagely” in this context). Note where the sticker on this poster is placed if you have any doubts about at least one of the objections to the poster:

Eltahawy and her supporters (see her twitter account) made the following leap of false logic:

Savages are not civilized men

Jihadis are savages

Jihadis, as she knows, are, by definition, Muslims.

Therefore, what the poster is saying, in her mind, is that all Muslims are savages.

Now, she may interpret it thus – and her twitter account shows she has a few dozen who approve of her actions and, evidently, her logic – but that is not what the poster said.

Perhaps the poster’s purpose was to demonstrate how easily some Muslim ‘activists’ (like Eltahawy) can be made to react to what they perceive as the slightest insult, but the poster does not reference Muslims by name or as a group.

Eltahawy, in her rage at a poster (remember those Mohammed cartoons?) and Pamela Hall (who she initially mistook in her blind rage for Pamela Geller), a woman trying to protect her court-authorized right to have that poster displayed, provided a perfect example of the “outrage industry” practiced by extremists. When they see something they do not like, they attack and destroy. 

(If I may digress for a moment to the comment threads of the Guardian, the following false syllogism is frequently presented:

“A Jewish group committed acts of terror during the period of the British Mandate

Therefore, all Israelis are terrorists and Israel is a terrorist state.”

I have yet to see an example of this type of comment removed or refuted by a Guardian source.)

Eltahawy was dragged away by the subway police, to the jeers of a crowd. She wrapped  herself in a figurative American flag (in NY she is American; in Cairo, Egyptian) by screaming that she was merely exercising her right to free speech by attempting to paint over something that offended her and assaulting someone who she could have blinded. She should, by the way, also be charged with resisting arrest – watch the video when the police appear on the scene.

Also, she apparently had a good time in jail:

For some reason she was allowed the use of her smart phone while in jail and her numerous tweets demonstrate a level of hysteria and use of expletives that is quite astonishing. One of her numerous tweets (she must have fingers of titanium to send out the number of tweets she does) says she will be charged with a misdemeanor.

Jewish Hamas supporting attorney Stanley Cohen has offered to represent her when she comes to trial.

Pamela Hall, the woman she attacked, will apparently sue her for assault.

The Guardian, of course,  rushed to Eltahawy’s defence.  

However, they were to be disappointed by the very first comment beneath the line:

Naturally, having lost a round, they followed up with another article asking if she has proved her point.

The comment, beneath the line, captured below is fairly representative and follows the same false reasoning as Eltahawy. It calls for New Yorkers to prevent the expression of anti–Islamic views (and remember, that poster actually referred to Jihadis, not Islam or Muslims as a group):

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But to wrap this up, and demonstrate again the prevalence of this Islamist outrage industry – the ability to summon up extreme outrage on the flimsiest of pretexts – the comment below surely takes the cake – or, should I say, takes the 6 inch Sub:

No doubt we will now have to have a cringing response from the Subway company explaining that there is no need to burn down their stores in the Middle East as they are not affiliated with the New York subway system.

And finally, you may have had a flashback to an earlier, better time:

To the tune of the Mona Lisa Song by Nat King Cole

Mona Elta, Mona Elta, the police have arraigned you

You’re so unlike the lady with the mystic smile

Is it only ’cause you’re lonely, they have blamed you

For that Mona Elta strangeness in your smile?


Do you smear posters to tempt a lover, Mona Elta?

Or is this your way to hide a broken heart?

Many dreams of destroying Israel have been brought to your doorstep

They just lie there and they die there


Are you warm, are you real, Mona Elta?

Or just a cold and lonely, unlovely piece of work?

Do you snarl to tempt a lover, Mona Elta?

Or is this your way to hide a broken heart?


Many dreams of revenge have been brought to your doorstep

They just lie there and they die there

Are you warm, are you real, Mona Elta?

Or just a cold and lonely, unlovely work of art?

Mona Elta, Mona Elta.

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