Philadelphia public busses have started travelling with provocative ads sponsored by a Jewish advocacy group showing Adolf Hitler with a former Palestinian Arab leader on Wednesday.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) buses are riding with a 1941 photo of Hitler and Hajj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian Arab nationalist, with a tagline "Islamic Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran."
A pro-Israeli advocacy group, American Freedom Defense Initiative, is paying for the ads which will appear on 84 transport buses. SEPTA put the ads on busses after a federal judge ordered them to do so following the transport authority’s initial objection citing “inflammatory anti-Islamic content.”
The ads drew criticism from many groups and the public and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter participated in a protest against the ads on Tuesday.
The Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, a local advocacy group for inter-community dialogue, criticised the ads saying they are prejudicial and inflame hatred and the centre will start its own ad campaign entitled "Dare to Understand" to promote mutual understanding, respect and tolerance between communities.