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24.4.15

ADS WAR on MTA BUSES * USA: Order to display ad pro-Israel on buses

* New York - M.T.A. must run bus ad from Pro-Israel group, Judge says


  --   A federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday ordered the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display an ad from a pro-Israel group on buses after the agency declined to run it last year... The group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, sued the authority in October, saying it had infringed on the group’s First Amendment rights by rejecting the ad. The authority had argued that the ad could be seen as a call to violence against Jews... The ad shows a man with a scarf across his face next to the words, “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” attributed to “Hamas MTV.” Below that, it reads: “That’s his Jihad. What’s yours?”.. The judge, John G. Koeltl, of United States District Court, ruled that the ad qualified as protected speech and granted a preliminary injunction ordering the transportation authority to run the ad. He said the order would not take effect for 30 days so the agency could consider whether it would appeal the decision... 
(Photo from Reuters, by Brendan Mcdermid - Cyrus McGoldrick, a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, talks to a woman in front of an advertisement that reads "Support Israel/Defeat Jihad" at the Times Square subway station in New York, on Sep. 24, 2012. The ad, sponsored by the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative, appeared after the MTA lost a bid to refuse to post it on the grounds that it violated the agency's policy against demeaning language) -- NY, USA - The New York Times, by EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS - APRIL 21, 2015

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