Anti-Islam Bus Ads raise Islamophobia in United States

2015-04-01 05:41:12 | Al Muslim News
Anti-Islam Bus Ads raise Islamophobia in United States

 

Anti-Islamic ad campaigns that will begin seen this week on public buses in the city of Philadelphia have raised concerns among Muslims communities about rising Islamophobic sentiments in the United States.

The Advertisement featuring an image of Adolf Hitler and linking Islam to Nazism could soon appear on Philadelphia-area buses after a court ruling this week that forces the regional transit authority to accept the campaign and that to deny the ads’ publication would breach First Amendment rights of free speech.

The campaign, funded by the pro-Israeli group American Freedom Defense Initiative, features a number of ads that links Nazism with Islam. In one such ad, It contains a picture of the Adolf Hitler meeting with a Palestinian Arab nationalist and leader in the 1920s. Under the headline: “Adolf Hitler and his staunch ally, the leader of the Muslim world, Haj Amin al-Husseini†and “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s in the Quran."

The ad’s sponsor, political blogger Pamela Geller, said she was pleased by a ruling by Philadelphia District Court, that a rejection of the ads would violate her First Amendment right of free speech.

Pamela Geller is an American Jewish, political activist and commentator. She is known for her criticism of Islam and opposition to Islamic activities and causes. Her viewpoints have been described as anti-Muslims or Islamophobic. She says her blogging and campaigns in the United States are against what she terms "creeping Sharia" in the country.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Geller may have a constitutional right to “be a bigot†but her “intolerance†was harmful.

The city's transportation authority said last week that it would not appeal the court ruling because a number of other cities that had been sued by the same pro-Israeli group lost their lawsuits.

The ads will be display on the sides of public buses for a month, under terms of a $30,000 contract. The Philadelphia hate-campaign would cost $100,000.

Pro-Israeli group spent $750,000 to run Similar advertisement shave already run in the transit systems of other U.S. cities including New York and Washington. In San Francisco, city’s transit Bus system was ran its own ads to counter the Pro-Israeli group’s message.

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