This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.
Commuters in Washington, DC will be looking at Adolf Hitler for the next month thanks to a new anti-Islam campaign spearheaded by controversial blogger and activist Pamela Geller.
The 15-foot long ads featuring a photograph of the Nazi leader were placed by Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative on 20 city buses. The ads claim that Islam promotes Koran-based Jew-hatred and demand an end to US foreign aid to Islamic countries.
Geller wrote on her website that the campaign – which features an archival photograph of Hitler meeting with Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Palestinian nationalist and Islamic leader of Mandate Palestine — are a response to “the vicious Jew-hating” ads placed on Washington buses in March and April by the Illinois-based group American Muslims for Palestine. Those ads stated, “We’re sweating April 15 so Israelis don’t have to! Stop US aid to Israel’s occupation!”
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