Earlier today, Federal Judge Paul A. Engelmayer, sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled that the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) restriction on “demeaning” speech was unconstitutional. The MTA had refused to run an anti-jihad advertisement that, according to the MTA, referred to Israel’s enemies as savages who engaged in jihad. The MTA flagged the advertisement that was set to run on the exterior of its buses, claiming that it violated the MTA’s policy against displaying ‘images or information that demean an individual or group of individuals on account of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.’
Read the judge’s order and opinion here.
*This advertisement displayed in this post was a direct response to an anti-Israel advertisement posted by a Pro-Palestinian group. The MTA approved and allowed the anti-Israel poster to be displayed on its MTA property but rejected the advertisement pictured above claiming that it violated its “demeaning” speech restriction.
IN THE MEANTIME THE ANTI-ISRAEL PROPAGANDA ADS ARE ON CONTINUED DISPLAY IN NEW YORK