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Muhammad Art Exhibit Organizer's Ads Ousted From Philly Buses

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — On the heels of the Muhammad Art Exhibit shooting in Garland, provocative ads from the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) are being removed from Philadelphia transit buses after a month-long contract expired.

AFDI is Pamela Geller's organization. The group's mission is to act against "capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism." She was in the Dallas area over the weekend to head off the "First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit And Competition."

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority started taking the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative's ads down on Friday and expected to have them all removed by Monday.

The ads showing a 1941 photograph of Adolf Hitler with former Arab leader Hajj Amin al-Husseini appeared on 84 buses starting last month after a federal judge ordered SEPTA to accept them. They had the tagline: "Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran." A rabbi and other Jewish activists pasted stickers on the sides of buses bearing the ads.

Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson were killed after firing on officers outside Geller's event Sunday. A guard was wounded. Soofi and Simpson originally attempted to get inside the building.

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