Anti-Muslim Ads on Washington Buses Feature Hitler, Mufti of Jerusalem

Headlined 'Islamic Jew-hatred: It's in the Quran,' Pamela Geller's new ad runs on 20 buses in U.S. capital; follows anti-Israeli one by American Muslim group.

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An ad featured in a campaign by Pamela Geller in Washington D.C., May 2014.
An ad featured in a campaign by Pamela Geller in Washington D.C., May 2014.Credit: Screenshot from Washington Post
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Pamela Geller, the controversial American anti-Muslim blogger, has escalated her public advertising campaign against Islam by plastering a 15-foot-long message in that spirit on many Washington D.C. buses.

Her new offering stars Adolf Hitler and the mufti of Jerusalem, spiritual leader of Palestinian Muslims in the first half of the 20th century, the Washington Post reported.

Sponsored by Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative, the ad is headlined "Islamic Jew-hatred: It's in the Quran" and includes a photo of the then-Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, having a conversation with Adolf Hitler. It began running on 20 Metro buses in the U.S. capital last week, and will remain on display until mid-June.

Geller's campaign follows one of the exact same placement and dimensions by American Muslims for Palestine, whose message read, "We're sweating April 15 so Israelis don't have to – Stop U.S. aid to Israel's occupation!" (April 15 is the deadline for Americans to pay their federal income tax.) That ad included a cartoon of Uncle Sam waving an Israeli flag.

Geller's organization described AMP's ad as one that engaged in "Jew-hating." AMP described Geller's as an instance of "countering political speech with racist, Islamophobic speech."

Asked by the Washington Post for comment on Geller's latest, the Metro bus company said, “Media attention is what the advertiser is seeking, and we’re not going to help her."

Metro has had an unhappy experience with the blogger. In September 2012, the company initially refused to display an ad of hers (“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad”). The company cited an American anti-Muslim video that had just incited the crowd in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. But Geller's organization sued Metro for violating its freedom of expression, and a federal judge ordered the company to put up the ads in subway stations.

American Muslims for Palestine ad that ran on Washington DC buses in March and April.Credit: Screenshot from Washington Post

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