An anti-Islamic, pro-Israeli lobby group has stirred controversy in San Francisco with a series of provocative ads on 50 buses, with images of Adolf Hitler accompanied by a demand to stop all aid to Islamic countries and an appeal to “stop the hate.”
The ads on buses operated by Muni, San Francisco’s municipal transportation agency, feature an archive photograph of Hitler talking with a Muslim leader from Palestine in the first half of the 20th century, Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini, who was a prominent Palestinian Arab nationalist and critic of Zionism.
SFGate.com, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle, described the ads as equating Islam with Nazism.
A 2012 AFDI ad campaign proclaimed: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
Last year, the AFDI sued New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to get similar anti-Islamic ads running.