World Bulletin / News Desk
An anti-Islam blogger in the United States is leading a smear campaign against Muslims in a bid to have American aid to Muslim countries cut off.
Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative has posted adverts on Washington DC Metro buses featuring the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Imam al-Husseini speaking with Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler besides the title 'Islamic Jew-Hatred: It's in the Quran'.
Below the title the poster points out that two-thirds of American aid goes to 'Islamic countries' along with a call to 'stop racism' and 'end all aid to Islamic countries'.
Regarding the campaign, which was started to counteract a campaign stated by the American Muslims for Palestine to end the Israeli occupation, Geller said on her blog:
'The DC Metro transit authority made multiple demands for the substantiation of every claim in our ads before they would accept the ad, and I, of course, happily provided that substantiation. The libelous American Muslims for Palestine antisemitic ad (below) did not have to provide substantiation. The MTA had no problem with their antisemitism. And you cannot provide evidence of a smear and a bigoted lie. But it is proof of the AMP’s hate.'
'Our ads are in response to the vicious Jew-hating ads that American Muslims for Palestine unleashed on Washington, DC Metro buses last month. And might I add, had we not sued and won in NYC and DC for violating our First Amendment rights when they tried to refuse our previous ads, our ads might never have gone up.'
Geller, who also had her Stop Islamization of America Foundation labelled as a 'hate group' by the Southern Poverty Law Center, had launched a similar campaign in 2012 featuring a picture of the 9/11 attacks and a verse from the Quran.
Although the Metro attempted to ban her adverts from being posted on local buses, a court ruling stated that her adverts were protected speech and thus could not be banned. The failed attempt to block the adverts ultimately cost the Metro $35,000.
Islamophobia Watch quoted a statement from Metro, which refused to challenged the new campaign due to its inability to stop the last one. However, the Metro included a disclaimer saying “This is a paid advertisement sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Advertising space is a designated public forum and does not imply WMATA’s endorsement of any views expressed.”Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Mayıs 2014, 18:07