NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Blogger Pamela Geller canceled an ad campaign in New York and San Francisco after the family of beheaded journalist James Foley objected.
Geller's lawyer, David Yerushalmi, said she was responding to the Foley family and had notified mass transit agencies in the two cities that she wanted the ads withdrawn. The ads would have shown Foley.
"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," Yerushalmi said in a letter to the Foleys' lawyer.
Geller's organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, had ordered the $100,000 campaign with ads to run on city buses and in transit stations.
Geller describes herself as an opponent of political and radical Islam. But the Foleys, like other critics, said the ads were aimed at all Muslims.
Foley, a freelancer, was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. In August, the Islamic State in Syria released a video that showed his beheading.