The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement Thursday slamming an American Muslim group for posting billboards in New York train stations that accuse Israel of apartheid.
“We are deeply disturbed that American Muslims for Palestine is undertaking a billboard campaign that falsely accuses Israel of ‘apartheid.’ Their ad campaign ignores the complicated nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is part of the campaign to delegitimize and demonize the Jewish state,” the statement read in part.
The AMP billboard, which has been posted in 25 Metro-North Stations, reads: “Americans give Israel $3 billion per year! End Apartheid now!” and includes a quote from South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a prominent critic of Israel. The posters were put up on Monday, shortly before Passover commenced, a fact the ADL also knocked. “It shows a profound lack of sensitivity that they chose the first day of the Jewish holiday of Passover to announce this malicious and false ad campaign,” their statement also said.
Meanwhile, a group known for its public criticism of Islamism has launched its own ad offensive. The American Freedom Defense Initiative, which caused a furor when it posted ads last year in New York City subway stations that referred to Jihadists as “savages,” has created ads that feature disturbing images under the headline: “This is Islamic apartheid.”
One of the images shows two blindfolded men having nooses placed over their heads. Below the image, it reads, “Gay under Islamic law (Sharia).”
Another picture shows a woman dressed in a white burqa getting whipped, above the words: “Under Islamic law rape victims are tortured or killed unless they agree to marry their rapist.”
Pamela Geller, head of the AFDI, told the New York Post she wants the ads in the same stations as the AMP posters, but was unsure when they would go up.