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Blogger Pulls Anti-Islam Ads Showing James Foley in NYC

Blogger Pulls Anti-Islam Ads Showing James Foley in NYC

U.S. journalist James Foley (R) arrives with fellow reporter Clare Gillis (not pictured), after being released by the Libyan government, at Rixos hotel in Tripoli, Libya, in this picture taken May 18, 2011. Islamic State terrorists have posted a video that purported to show the beheading of American journalist Foley in revenge for U.S. air strikes in Iraq, prompting widespread revulsion that could push Western powers into further action against the group. Foley, 40, was kidnapped on Nov. 22, 2012, in northern Syria, according to GlobalPost. The video was posted after the U.S. resumed air strikes in Iraq in August for the first time since the end of the U.S. occupation in 2011. He had earlier been kidnapped and released in Libya. Picture taken May 18, 2011. | (Photo: Reuters/Louafi Larbi)
A man holds up a sign in memory of U.S. journalist James Foley during a protest against the Assad regime in Syria in Times Square in New York, Aug. 22, 2014. Foley, who was abducted in Syria in late 2012, was beheaded by a masked member of the Islamic State in an act filmed in a video released on Aug. 19 that also threatened a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff. | (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
A sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of Rochester, New Hampshire, Aug. 20, 2014. Islamic State militants on Tuesday posted a video that purported to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Foley in revenge for U.S. air strikes in Iraq. Foley, 40, was kidnapped on Nov. 22, 2012, in northern Syria, according to GlobalPost. The video was posted after the U.S. resumed air strikes in Iraq in August 2014 for the first time since the end of the U.S. occupation in 2011. | (Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder)
AFDI ad warning of jihadists set to be released in New York City in September 2014. | (Photo: AFDI)

Blogger Pamela Geller is pulling ads she was to run in New York City's transit system featuring James Foley with the masked militant who killed him due to objections made by the slain journalist's family, religious leaders and officials.

The ad, paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative and which shows Foley before his beheading by ISIS militants, are being pulled after criticism by the journalist's parents, religious leaders from different faiths and city officials, The Associated Press reported.

Geller's attorney said that Foley's family has been notified about the pulling of the ads, and it has been communicated that "Geller understands and feels intimately the pain" they are suffering.

Only the ads that feature Foley have been pulled while other anti-Islamic ads will go forward.

The ads are part of a campaign to "tell truths" about Islam and Jihad.

"Our organization has created this campaign in order to educate people about Jihad," Geller earlier told the media. "I don't think the truth is controversial. I think we're entering a very dangerous period, and I don't think the American people should be disarmed in the information battle space."

The ads with Foley were scheduled to begin running Monday in New York and San Francisco, but Geller gave in to the pressure at the last minute, according to New York Daily News.

"As a mother, and one who still feels the pain of the hideous murders of many in her extended family by the Nazis, and with friends in Israel brutally affected by Islamic terrorism as a constant of daily life, Ms. Geller understands and feels intimately the pain your clients are suffering," reads the letter by Geller's lawyer.

ISIS, also known as ISIL, or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is an al-Qaida offshoot that wants to form an Islamic emirate in the Levant region through "jihad." The terror group has gained control of large swathes of territories in Iraq and Syria.

ISIS is believed to have hundreds of foreign fighters, including those from the United States and Europe. Its men have killed hundreds of civilians in Iraq. Numerous members of the Christian and Yazidi minorities have also been killed, and tens of thousands of them have fled their homes.

ISIS recently released a video showing the beheading of a 44-year-old British aid worker, David Haines, the father of two who went to Syria to serve at a refugee camp.

The Sunni terror group previously released two more videos showing the beheadings of U.S. journalists Foley and Steven Sotloff, and has threatened to kill more Western hostages.

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