RELIGION
05/20/2014 04:31 pm ET | Updated May 20, 2014

American Freedom Defense Initiative Launches Anti-Muslim Ad Campaign On D.C. Buses

A new ad campaign hit Washington D.C. on Monday with a strong anti-Muslim message.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), spearheaded by Pamela Geller, launched an ad showing Adolf Hitler meeting with Palestinian nationalist and grand mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini.
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The 15-foot message is now displayed on 20 D.C. buses, The Washington Post reported, and will run for roughly a month.

AFDI reportedly launched the ads in response to an anti-Israeli occupation ad by the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) that read, "We're sweating April 15 so Israelis don't have to – Stop U.S. aid to Israel's occupation!"

"My intent is to leapfrog over a media that is not even-handed, that is advancing the propaganda against the Jewish state," Geller told WJLA.

AMP spokesperson Kristin Szremski told The Washington Post the group would not respond to AFDI's ad.

“We typically don’t react to Pamela Geller, because this is the kind of thing she does, countering political speech with racist, Islamophobic speech.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also responded to the ad in a press release, saying it would offer free Qurans to anyone who wished to verify the inaccuracy of ADFI's message.

"We encourage those who view Geller's false and inflammatory ads to visit CAIR's 'Explore the Quran' website to request a free copy of the Quran so they can read it for themselves," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Anyone who reads the Quran will discover that it honors Jews and Christians for believing in one God and calls on all believers to live in peace and harmony."

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