WASHINGTON (WNEW) — After an advertisement calling for an end to U.S. aid to Islamic countries was plastered on the sides of 20 Metro buses last month, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is striking back with its own ad.
“This advertising campaign is an opportunity for people to learn about Islam’s commitment to freedom of religion, diversity and peaceful coexistence encouraged by the teachings of the Quran,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad says.
The website listed on the original ad, “IslamicJewHatred.com,” redirects to PamelaGellar.com. Gellar is president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which has been categorized as an anti-Islam hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Islamic Jew-hatred: It’s in the Quran,” the ad states. “Two-thirds of all US aid goes to Islamic countries. Stop racism. End all aid to Islamic countries.”
Next to the text is a photo of German dictator Adolf Hitler and Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini, an early 20th century Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader, conversing. The ad calls el-Husseini a “staunch ally” of the Nazi party leader.
Below is a photo of CAIR’s advertisement, which will run on 20 buses and on many of the same routes that carried AFDI’s ad. (click to enlarge)