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Anti-Muslim ads featuring Hitler to run on New York buses

City's transport authority has approved a series of ads by a pro-Israel group

Anti-Muslim ads featuring Hitler to run on New York buses

The New York transport authority has approved a pro-Israel group’s series of anti-Islamic advertisements to run on public buses next week in what has been described as a provocative campaign.

The ads include one featuring an image of the American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIL, with a member of the militant group. The image was taken from the video of his murder, according to local media. The ad also will include a photo of the London rapper suspected by some of being “Jihadi John”, the masked man in the video, and the words “Yesterday's moderate is today's headline” written above it.

Another of the planned ads features a photograph of Adolf Hitler meeting a Muslim leader.

The ads are due to appear on 100 buses and two subway entrances.

The group behind them, American Freedom Defense Initiative, also has launched a crowd funding appeal to raise $20,000 to extend the campaign.

The group’s president Pam Geller defended the ads, denying they would incite hate of Muslims and cited the first amendment's guarantee of free speech.

Geller reportedly said the ads were designed to pressure Muslim communities to remove extremists.

Geller said that campaign was vindicated by the rapid rise of ISIL in Iraq and Syria this year.

“Controversial during its first run for calling jihadis ‘savages’, now this ad has been abundantly vindicated by the savagery of the IS,” she was quoted by The Telegraph as saying.

“As numerous political leaders, including Barack Obama, call the IS jihadis ‘savages’ or ‘barbarians’.

The ads have been condemned by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who described them as “outrageous, inflammatory and wrong”, but he has not moved to stop them from running.

"These hateful messages serve only to divide and stigmatise when we should be coming together as one city," he told The New York Daily News.

However, one was rejected by New York's transport authority, for fear it would be seen as a call to violence against Jews, The Telegraph said.

It included the quote: “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” with an attribution to Hamas MTV, beside a masked figure before featuring the tag line: “That’s his jihad. What’s yours?”

Last year Geller was barred from entering the UK to join a far-right English Defence League rally in Woolwich. The decision was taken personally by Home Secretary Theresa May on the grounds that her statements may foster hatred and provoke violence.

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abusidra 6 years ago

And do they still remember what they have done in Gaza killing innocent citizens? Was it suitable to label as savagery or peace?

g.g 6 years ago

Well, European and American people must find it difficult to separate Hitler and Middle East when Mein Kampf is a popular sales article in the region. Merely wishing it away won't change it. Active rejection of such texts would surely have a much greater impact.

Chalky6766 6 years ago

Mein Kampf....Popular....European people!!??? Sorry, people like you shouldn't be allowed computers, just crayons.

Anyone who finds separating Hitler from anything needs attention.

The British despised Hitler and those that remembered his ethnic cleansing will never forget.

Truth 6 years ago

" The group’s president Pam Geller defended the ads, denying they would incite hate of Muslims and cited the first amendment's guarantee of free speech.

Geller reportedly said the ads were designed to pressure Muslim communities to remove extremists." Who is this "woman" thinks she's fooling

Truth 6 years ago

"abusidra" You should know by now if the west breaks the rules it's okay, we are not humans to them!

leo50 6 years ago

#Truth. You should be more selective in what you say and not try and disseminate lies in this way. There are good and bad everywhere, and that is a fact.