This is getting out of control.
The newest round of vitriolic banners, 50 of which went up Jan. 9, feature an image of Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini, a 20th Century Palestinian Muslim leader who opposed Zionism, with the words, “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s In The Quran.”
The ads are already attracting attention on social media.
City leaders have already been through rounds of debate over ads purchased by the far-right anti-Islamist organization — most recently in 2013. Back then, the ads were posted on 10 buses and featured photos of Osama bin Laden, a victim of the Fort Hood mass shooting and others, with incendiary quotes linking them to Islam.
One quote attributed to “Hamas MTV” read: “Killing Jews is worship that brings us closer to Allah.”
City leaders, including Mayor Ed Lee, District Attorney George Gascón and several supervisors, condemned those advertisements as racist and Islamophobic.
Even so, they are protected by freedom of speech. So in years past, Muni the sent the ad revenue to the city’s Human Rights Commission.
In 2012, the American Freedom Defense Initiative unrolled an ad campaign saying, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
Muni also gave the money from those ads to the Human Rights Commission.
“We understand and apologize that people could be offended by these ads,” Muni spokesman Paul Rose said Tuesday. “Neither the city nor Muni endorse the content of these negative ads. However, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, including speech that is considered offensive.”
Yuck! American fascists attempt to paint Muslims as Nazis — the latest in the Islamophobic ads on San Francisco MUNI pic.twitter.com/Iov2ajjm2h
— Anirvan Chatterjee (@anirvan) January 12, 2015
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