Controversial billboard that reads America first over Israel put up in Detroit

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A new billboard in Detroit is causing a lot of controversy.

It reads “America first over Israel.”

Is it meant to be anti-Semitic or something else entirely?

That is the million dollar question, what exactly does the statement on this billboard mean and it really is up for interpretation because we don't have a definitive answer from the organization that put the billboard up.

The billboard is referencing an incident that occurred in 1948 in the Arab village of Deir Yassin on the west side of Jerusalem.

The village was attacked and more than 100 men, women and children were killed by Zionist paramilitary groups.

“This particular ad was not placed in a predominantly Arab-American neighborhood, it is also not a predominantly Jewish neighborhood,” says Heidi Budaj from the Anti-Defamation League. “These ads that were seen across the country are general ads whose goal is to drive a wedge between the American people and the state of Israel.”

Budaj continues, saying, “This particular sign goes a step further and raises an old anti-Semitic canard of dual loyalty, implying that Jews are not loyal to the country in which they live. Make no mistake that while many of the Jewish people in the United States support the state of Israel as a Jewish state, we are loyal Americans.”

We did reach out to the organization that had this billboard put up. It is based in the state of New York. So far no one has responded.

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