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Anti-Muslim Group Uses Hitler Imagery In Latest Anti-Muslim Ad


AFDI’s “Islamic Jew-Hatred” ad in Wash­ing­ton D.C.

Pamela Geller and her anti-Muslim orga­ni­za­tion, the Amer­i­can Free­dom Defense Ini­tia­tive (AFDI), has taken its hate­ful anti-Muslim mes­sage once again to the pub­lic in the form of paid adver­tise­ments on pub­lic transportation.

The lat­est con­tro­versy is just one of many inflam­ma­tory adver­tis­ing cam­paigns spon­sored by Geller and her orga­ni­za­tion in a bid to influ­ence pub­lic dis­course on the dif­fi­cult issues of reli­gion and the Mid­dle East conflict.

Geller’s newest ad cam­paign, which began appear­ing on buses in the Wash­ing­ton D.C. Metro area, states, “Islamic Jew-hatred: It’s in the Quran.” The ad also includes a 1941 photo of the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini, hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with Adolf Hitler.

Geller has a long his­tory of pro­mot­ing her big­oted anti-Muslim views through inflam­ma­tory mes­sages in pub­lic spaces, stretch­ing back at least to 2010. These ad cam­paigns are designed to expose Amer­i­cans to what Geller and her orga­ni­za­tion con­sider the biggest threats posed by Islam.

Some notable exam­ples include:

  • July 2012: Geller sub­mit­ted an ad that ran on 75 Metro North train sta­tions stat­ing, “19,250 deadly Islamic attacks since 9/11/01 and count­ing. It’s not Islam­o­pho­bia. It’s Islamorealism.”
  • Sep­tem­ber 2012: After a New York fed­eral dis­trict court ruled that the New York City MTA vio­lated Geller’s First Amend­ment right, AFDI’s “Sav­age” ad appeared in sub­way sta­tions. The inflam­ma­tory ad read: “In any war between the civ­i­lized man and the sav­age, sup­port the civ­i­lized man. Sup­port Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
  • 2010 “Honor Killing Aware­ness Cam­paign”: A series of ads were placed on buses and taxi cab tops pur­port­edly to address young Mus­lim women fac­ing threats from their fam­ily for reject­ing Mus­lim val­ues or becom­ing “too Amer­i­can­ized.” The cam­paigns appeared under sev­eral names, includ­ing “Refuge From Islam” and “Leave Islam Safely.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has crit­i­cized Geller and AFDI for “con­sis­tently vil­i­fy­ing the Islamic faith under the guise of fight­ing rad­i­cal Islam;” how­ever, acknowl­edges that the ads are pro­tected polit­i­cal speech under the First Amend­ment. ADL is also on the record stat­ing that “Pro-Israel doesn’t mean anti-Muslim. And sup­port for Israel is not built on anti-Muslim and anti-Arab stereotypes.”

Geller’s lat­est ad cam­paign is in response to an April 2014 anti-Israel ad by the vir­u­lently anti-Israel group Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine (AMP). AMP also has a his­tory of pro­mot­ing extreme anti-Israel views through inflam­ma­tory ads on pub­lic trans­porta­tion aimed at demo­niz­ing and dele­git­imiz­ing Israel. In March 2013, on the eve of the Jew­ish hol­i­day of Passover, AMP unveiled an ad on sev­eral New York City Metro North sta­tions falsely accus­ing Israel of “apartheid.”

  • Mar­vin Traub

    Con­grat­u­la­tions to the ADL. It is this mind­set of the ADL that enabled Hitler to exter­mi­nate six mil­lion Jews. The enemy of the Jews is Islam. Not polit­i­cally cor­rect, so the ADL can dis­play its won­der­ful “Pro­gres­sive” bent. Is there one accu­sa­tion on Pam’s bill­board that is NOT FACTUALLY CORRECT? No, there is not, but the ADL has aban­doned Pam Geller in her defense of Jews and expos­ing Islam for what it is — a threat not to just Judaism, but to west­ern civ­i­liza­tion. I can never again donate to the morally cor­rupt ADL!

    • Eli­aho

      It breaks my heart that there are still peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who enjoy such level of idiocy like you. So you think this Pam is doing good for Israel? How?
      By mak­ing every Mus­lim an enemy? By mak­ing Amer­i­cans believe that a Jew­ish woman is lead­ing a hate cam­paign against a another group?

      Seri­ously you want to keep pok­ing the bear until it goes run­ning to Mama bear? Grow up !!
      It’s because of such stu­pid­ity, half of our youth don’t wish to lis­ten to us any­more.
      I think for once ADL is man­ag­ing to bal­ance between expos­ing Pam and not giv­ing up to anti-Israel extrem­ists. Kodus

      • mephisto­fan

        Islam is a beast that can not be rea­soned with. It is only sat­is­fied with total vic­tory and destruc­tion of the enemy. To put it sim­ply, mus­lims don’t think like us. I won­der if the word “tol­er­ant” is even in the ara­bic lan­guage. we cer­tainly don’t need to stoop to arab style mind­less hatred. but we need to be vig­i­lant and ready to defend our­selves. Delu­sions about Islamic good will are not a safe approach to Islamic mur­der and vioence.Just look at what hap­pened in Bel­gium. The killer did not pause for a frank and friendly exchange of ideas over turk­ish coffee.Abe Fox­man is clueless.

  • RCCA

    You may be offended by Geller’s harsh rhetoric but ignor­ing the issues she brings to the pub­lic forum or attack­ing her is not the solu­tion. She is not caus­ing the prob­lem. I don’t see how bury­ing your head in the sand is doing any­thing to defend Jews and Judaism against Islamic anti­semitism. Pre­tend­ing there is no prob­lem and that the Qur’an does not preach hatred towards the Jews will not make Mus­lims love us more. The evi­dence that Jews are too afraid to stand up against Islamic intol­er­ance results in brazen ads accus­ing Jews of steal­ing Pales­tin­ian lands and bul­ly­ing of Jew­ish stu­dents on col­lege campuses.

    ADL’s repeat­edly refer­ring to Geller’s ads as “anti-Muslim” infers that ADL believes all Mus­lims adhere to the hate­ful pas­sages in the Qur’an. See­ing that the ADL is igno­rant about the dif­fer­ence between what lots of Amer­i­can Mus­lims typ­i­cally believe and what is pure Islam is frankly discomfiting

  • mdfine

    Rabbi Gart­ner,

    You do not speak for this Jew. I know the vicious anti­semitism being pro­moted through­out the Islamic world is some­thing that to you should not be men­tioned let alone answered but then there is Pamela Geller who is not afraid to show the face of this evil to the Amer­i­can pub­lic. You know, Rabbi, the Ger­mans were very wel­com­ing to Jews for a very long time. Then some­thing changed and those that refused to acknowl­edge it were mur­dered along with those that did. So why don’t you inter­vene to stop this wrong­do­ing of anti­semitism, as Geller is doing? It is, after all, the course of action demanded by the Talmud.

  • mdfine

    Pre­vi­ous com­ment was in response to Rabbi Rachel Gartner’s attack on Pamela Geller on “Islam­o­pho­bia” and was cen­sored so I am try­ing again. What is the HP afraid of?

  • Dear Com­misoner Bratton:

    Detec­tive Ms. Moran of the 19th PCT at 212–452-0635 did not do her due dili­gence and is putting my life in jeop­ardy. Please call Michael San­tomauro at 917–974-6367.


    For Det. Ms. Moran:

    My ex-lawyer Leonard Sper­ber says: “The Susan E. Bud­ney v Michael San­tomauro divorce is an embar­rass­ment to the legal com­mu­nity and as a per­son of the Jew­ish faith.”

    April 18, 2014

    Dear friend,

    About seven weeks later on Jan­u­ary 14, 2013, I brought up the only thing every­one remem­bers from Jus­tice Matthew F. Cooper’s rant from Nov. 21, 2012 (see below) after my lawyer Leonard Sper­ber quit on me. Leonard Sper­ber had inside infor­ma­tion from his brother Steven Sper­ber who is a very good friend with Jus­tice Mathew F. Cooper, that I did not have a chance in hell with this Judge.

    On Nov. 21, 2012, Jus­tice Matthew F. Cooper stood up from his chair and shocked the packed court and screamed:

    “Is that [Jew­ish] agenda to dilute the Aryan race?”

    Then on Jan.14, 2013 on pages 29 and 30 of the transcripts:

    Jus­tice F. Cooper: For the record, I don’t remem­ber that.

    Mr. Steven Man­del: I don’t remem­ber that remark.

    Ms. San­dra Sch­poont: I don’t know what he is talk­ing about.

    Talk about the “Divorce Mafia”.

    Mr. Leonard Sper­ber (when he was still my lawyer) told me he would not embar­rass him­self by ask­ing the judge to recuse him­self. And when I did, it made mat­ters worse.

    Fanati­cism is now main­stream in the legal com­mu­nity, that it is affect­ing my divorce case:

    When a Judge (or the lawyers) loses his or her objec­tiv­ity, then the tru­ism applies:

    Every­thing is reli­gious, every­thing is political.

    Jus­tice Matthew F. Cooper: Send­ing me this about “The Fuck­ing Jews”

    Mr. San­tomauro: No, actu­ally, it was the oppo­site of that. It was “Fuck the Arabs” in the essay.

    San­dra Sch­poont (Attor­ney for my 11 year old son): Oh, that’s better.

    Made­lyn Jaye:: (Attor­ney for my ex-wife): Oh, that’s better.

    Steven Man­del (Attor­ney for my ex-wife): That’s better.

    Jus­tice Matthew F. Cooper: Oh, that’s better.

    Let­ter from The Man­del Law Firm (Steven J. Man­del) 12–9-13

    Jus­tice Matthew F. Cooper: “Is that [Jew­ish] agenda to dilute the Aryan race?” On page 20:


    My essay in question:

    +The Myth of the Inno­cent Civilian

    “Jus­tice Matthew F. Cooper has dis­torted, invented or mis­re­mem­bered almost every sig­nif­i­cant claim and phrase. In par­tic­u­lar, ‘Jew­ish con­spir­acy’ is com­pletely false, in spirit and in word.

    “It is seri­ous and upset­ting. Rather than cor­rect a smear, Jus­tice Cooper has attempted, per­haps not sur­pris­ingly, to jus­tify one smear with another in the same direction.

    “Michael San­tomauro pro­motes the ideal of “sci­en­tific jour­nal­ism” – where the under­lay­ing evi­dence of all arti­cles is avail­able to the reader pre­cisely in order to avoid these type of dis­tor­tions. Michael San­tomauro trea­surse his strong Jew­ish sup­port just as he trea­sures the sup­port from pan-Arab democ­racy activists and oth­ers who share the hope for a just world.” –I.S.


    Michael San­tomauro

    Cell: 917–974-6367


    “An anti-Semite con­demns peo­ple for being Jews, I am not an anti-Semite.”–Michael Santomauro.

  • mephisto­fan

    Hey MIchael. get lost. We are tired of your Neo Nazi rant­i­ngs. Post them On a Neo Nazi site some­where, where it might gen­er­ate more appre­ci­a­tion for your hys­ter­i­cal non-sense.