An anti-Israel organization on Wednesday unveiled a new bus ad that uses Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's upcoming Congress speech to call on the Obama administration to cut Washington’s aid to Israel.
The group, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), claimed in a statement introducing the new ad that Netanyahu has in the past boasted of being able to manipulate the United States.
The group quoted a statement made by Netanyahu in 2001, when he said, "I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction."
The bus ad features this quote from Netanyahu, and underneath it appears the call: “Stop the disrespect – End US aid to Israel”.
"At a time when the United States is close to a deal with Iran, Mr. Netanyahu is coming to persuade Congress to trade in a peaceful, diplomatic solution for war. This is unacceptable," charged Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid, AMP national political coordinator.
In calling for an end to U.S. aid to Israel, AMP claims that the Jewish State “props up policies that contravene international law, deprive Palestinians of their human and civil rights, that thwart peace in the Middle East and threaten American national security.”
"Last summer, the Israeli military used American-funded weaponry to kill more than 2,200 Palestinians in Gaza," Dr. Abu Irshaid said. "Killing civilians violates numerous international laws. Using an American arsenal to do so violates American law."
“There is historical precedence for tying aid to human rights. AMP calls on Congress and the U.S. State Department to hold Israel to the same standards by withholding aid until it complies with international law and ends the occupation,” said the group’s statement.
AMP has in the past run bus ads in the American capital which read, "Stop US aid to Israel's occupation."
The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) responded by running its own bus ads featuring a photo of Adolf Hitler in conversation with "his staunch ally" Haj Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem during World War II.