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May 23, 2014 8

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

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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.”

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July 12, 2013 0

Speakers at DC “March for Jobs” Rally Have Bashed Immigrants and Muslims

dc-march-for-jobs1On July 15, 2013, the Black Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Alliance (BALA), an African Amer­i­can “front group” cre­ated by the anti-immigrant move­ment in the United States, will host a protest against immi­gra­tion reform in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The “DC March for Jobs” will fea­ture a num­ber of speak­ers from BALA who claim to speak on behalf of the African-American com­mu­nity when in fact they are long-time anti-immigrant activists speak­ing on behalf of the anti-immigrant move­ment. A num­ber of politi­cians and other activists, many of whom have a his­tory of big­oted state­ments, are also slated to address the crowd:

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) – Steve King is the leader of the anti-immigration reform group in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and has a long his­tory of mak­ing big­oted state­ments against immi­grants. King has char­ac­ter­ized immi­grants – both doc­u­mented and undoc­u­mented – as crim­i­nals and disease-carriers. He has spo­ken along­side lead­ers of bor­der vig­i­lante groups and advo­cated for a bor­der “wall” topped with elec­tri­fied wire to stop what he has called a “slow motion Holo­caust” of undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion into the United States. In an address to the House King asserted that undoc­u­mented immi­gra­tion is “a slow-rolling, slow-motion ter­ror­ist attack on the United States.”

Michael Cut­lerCut­ler is a for­mer INS (now ICE) agent who is a senior fel­low at the Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tion Cal­i­for­ni­ans for Pop­u­la­tion Sta­bi­liza­tion (CAPS) and a for­mer fel­low at the anti-immigrant group Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS). In a July 3, 2013 op-ed in the Wash­ing­ton Times, Cut­ler claimed that “a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of the illegal-alien pop­u­la­tion includes those who know they could not be law­fully admit­ted via the inspec­tions process that is designed to pre­vent the entry of aliens who have dan­ger­ous com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, severe men­tal ill­ness, seri­ous crim­i­nal his­to­ries, are fugi­tives from jus­tice in other coun­tries or have com­mit­ted war crimes or human rights vio­la­tions, or are spies or terrorists.”

Allen WestWest is a for­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the state of Florida who failed to win reelec­tion in 2012. West is closely tied to peo­ple in the anti-Muslim move­ment, pub­lish­ing blogs on sites such as Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugs and fre­quently pre­sent­ing at events such as ACT! for America’s 2013 national con­fer­ence.  In a March 8, 2010 speech, West demo­nized Islam, stat­ing, Islam is a total­i­tar­ian theo­cratic polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy, it is not a reli­gion. It has not been a reli­gion since 622 AD, and we need to have indi­vid­u­als that stand up and say that.”

Ken Crow – Crow is an Iowa res­i­dent and founder of Tea Party Com­mu­nity. In an undated post on the online forum Hub Pages, Crow wrote, “The only place in Amer­i­can soci­ety for MULTICULTURALISM is with our Native Amer­i­cans. They were here first and need to be treated with a very high level of respect. We should not be alter­ing Amer­ica for any­one else. But we are. We even have the Islamic faith­ful build­ing schools here and yes they are teach­ing their chil­dren to hate Amer­ica. They are teach­ing and preach­ing hatred of Amer­ica on Amer­i­can soil.” Crow has pub­lished numer­ous arti­cles on the vir­u­lently anti-Muslim site The United West.

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December 21, 2012 2

Upcoming Maryland Event Sign Of Increased Anti-Immigrant Activity

A con­fer­ence spon­sored by the Mary­land Con­ser­v­a­tive Action Net­work is due to take place in Annapo­lis on Jan­u­ary 12, 2013. The con­fer­ence, titled “Turn­ing the Tides 2013” brings together many of the main anti-immigrant voices in the state as well as some speak­ers known for their anti-Muslim state­ments and associations.

The con­fer­ence is the lat­est exam­ple of anti-immigrant activ­ity in Mary­land. Anti-immigrant activists were instru­men­tal in gath­er­ing enough sig­na­tures to put a mea­sure on the bal­lot in the Novem­ber 2012 elec­tion seek­ing to undo a law that granted in-state tuition to undoc­u­mented immi­grants at pub­lic col­leges in the state.  The in-state tuition bill was orig­i­nally signed into law in 2011. Despite the efforts of anti-immigrant activists, a major­ity of Mary­land vot­ers voted in favor of grant­ing in-state tuition. Many of the anti-immigrant activists involved in get­ting the issue on the bal­lot are due to speak at the Jan­u­ary 12 conference.

Sched­uled speak­ers at the event include:

Brad Botwin

Brad Botwin – founder of the anti-immigrant group Help Save Mary­land (HSM). Botwin’s group is listed on the web­site of the largest anti-immigrant group in the coun­try, the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), as a state con­tact. Botwin’s group has co-sponsored events with FAIR and other national groups, such as the Virginia-based Num­ber­sUSA. HSM also worked with FAIR’s legal arm, the Immi­gra­tion Reform Law Insti­tute (IRLI).

Neil Par­rott – Repub­li­can House of Del­e­gates mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Dis­trict 2B. Par­rott is a mem­ber of State Leg­is­la­tors for Legal Immi­gra­tion (SLLI), a coali­tion of state law­mak­ers who work with IRLI to draft and intro­duce anti-immigrant leg­is­la­tion in their states. Par­rott was chair­man of the peti­tion group that suc­cess­fully put the in-state tuition law on the bal­lot in November.

Pamela Geller – co-founder of Stop the Islamiza­tion of Amer­ica (SOIA), a group seek­ing to rouse pub­lic fears about a “vast Islamic con­spir­acy” to destroy Amer­i­can val­ues.   Geller also works closely with far-right groups and fig­ures in Europe, such as the Eng­lish Defense League (EDL) and anti-Muslim Dutch politi­cian Geert Wilders.

Diana West – author and jour­nal­ist who writes about the “dan­gers” of Islam. In a Sep­tem­ber 15, 2012 post on her web­site, West wrote “Indeed, it is this basic Islamic cen­sor­ship that is at the crux of why Islam itself — not ‘Islamism,’ not ‘rad­i­cal Islam,’ not ‘Islamists’” but Islam — is an exis­ten­tial threat to the sur­vival of any free soci­ety.” In 2007, West met with mem­bers of the racist and xeno­pho­bic Bel­gian polit­i­cal party Vlaams Belang.

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