American Freedom Defense Initiative bus ad

The picture of Hitler plastered on the side of D.C. buses arrived this week and, as expected, the outrage over them continues to pour in.

The latest group to offer condemation: The Anti-Defamation League.

The ads, purchased by Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, call for an end to U.S. foreign aid to Islamic countries and prominently feature a picture of Adolf Hitler talking to the Palestinian leader Haj Amin al-Husseini during World War II.

The bus ads come in response to the American Muslims for Palestine, a group that previously purchased bus ads calling for a stop to U.S. aid to Israel. 

David C. Friedman, the D.C. regional direction of the ADL, issued the following statement:

The Anti-Defamation League deplores the use of this Hitler imagery and this message of intolerance. These ads are highly offensive and inflammatory.  Pro-Israel doesn’t mean anti-Muslim.  And support for Israel cannot be built on bigoted anti-Muslim and anti-Arab stereotypes. At the same time, ADL consistently maintains that government censorship is not the right response to hate speech. The League supports the free speech guarantees embodied in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, understanding that the best way to combat hateful speech is with more speech.

Have a good commute home, everyone.

Screenshot via News Channel 8