'Anti-Muslim' Hitler bus adverts cause uproar in Philadelphia

Controversial ads showing a photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader have started appearing on Philadelphia transit buses. The ads on Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority SEPTA buses bear the tagline: “Jew Hatred: It’s in the Quran.” They feature a 1941 photograph of Hitler and supporter Hajj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian Arab nationalist and include an appeal to “end all aid to Islamic countries”.

SEPTA does not - and I repeat - does not endorse or support the views expressed in these ads.

Board chair Pat Deon

The ads from the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative will appear on 84 buses over the course of April. A federal judge last month ordered SEPTA to accept the ads as freedom of speech. Some bus riders on Thursday expressed outrage at the ads, branding them “racist” and “terrible”. The Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia says it will run its own “Dare to Understand” ad campaign that promotes mutual understanding, respect and tolerance.