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Anti Muslim bus ads: Controversy sparks in US Capital

Washington DC, 20 May-2014(aljazeera): Advertisements appear on side of 20 buses driving through Washington, DC. A new series of advertisements on Washington, DC buses calling for an end to US aid to Islamic countries have raised concerns of ‘anti-Muslim’ sentiment. Sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), the nearly five-metre long ads feature a 1941 photo of Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler with Haj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian community leader who later served as the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. The advertisements are scheduled to appear on 20 city buses through June.

Anti Muslim bus ads: Controversy sparks in US Capital

Anti Muslim bus ads: Controversy sparks in US Capital

According to AFDI, which says it fights “Islamic supremacist initiatives” in US cities, the ads were developed in response to last month’s bus campaign sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). Below is an ad by AMP that suggests US tax money, paid annually on 15 April, is funding Israel’s presence in the Palestinian territories.

Below, blogger and AFDI co-founder Pamela Geller speaks to ABC News affiliate station WJLA about her group’s campaign:

Geller says she is trying to bypass media that is “advancing the propaganda against the Jewish state.” Some online praised Geller for her efforts and criticised US media and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group. Milan Pavic comments on YouTube:
It’s my saying it that’s the problem. The truth is the problem. Nuts. But that is why we find ourselves incapable of dealing with the gravest threat this nation faces. The problem is that we can’t talk about the problem. The American people are being disarmed and defeated by our own elites. These ads change that.

AFDI sponsored similar campaigns on buses in San Francisco, California in 2012 and 2013. Earlier this month, a US appellate court rejected the group’s application to trademark the phrase “Stop Islamization of America” because it could be understood as “disparaging to a substantial composite” of Muslims.

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