New Hitler ads on Metrobuses stir up controversy
(WJLA) - The face of Hitler on Metro buses is part of a controversial ad campaign hitting the streets this week. The ad will appear on the sides of 20 Metro buses for a month, calling for an end to U.S. foreign aid to Islamic countries.
The picture of Hitler shows him meeting with an anti-Jewish Islamic leader during World War II. Pamela Geller heads the group who bought the ads, and assures that their goal is not to be provocative.
"My intent is leapfrog over a media that is not even-handed, that is advancing the propaganda against the Jewish state," says Pamela.
In 2012, WMATA lost a court battle aimed at keeping the group’s last anti-Islamic ad out of the Metro system. A judge declared it protected speech, and allowed the ad campaign to go forward.
Two years ago, the Council on American Islamic Relations and others took out ads in response. Today, CAIR is responding to the latest aid.
This is a propaganda campaign designed to incite hatred against American Muslims, and this campaign has been based on false information, taking things out of context from the Quran," says Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of CAIR.
Geller says she provided Metro sources that validate the claims in the ad are true. But it is still drawing sharp reactions from riders.
"That's like, racist -- that should not be on buses," says Asha Crumlin.
But Pam says: "Many folks are supporting the ad, I've gotten hundreds of emails in support of the ad, let's be even-handed."
The ads will stay on 20 buses for four weeks. CAIR says it is considering the possibility of a response ad, and is offering free copies of the Quran in response.