Pro-Israel group asks judge to let it show ad on New York buses despite political-ads ban

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Lawyers for a pro-Israel organization whose advertisement containing the phrase “Hamas Killing Jews” was rejected for New York City buses have asked a judge to order the ads be displayed anyway.

The lawyers made the request of a federal judge Thursday. The request came a day after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority banned all political ads on subways and buses.

The MTA’s board voted after the judge ordered the agency to display the ads earlier this month, saying they were protected by the First Amendment. But the judge had immediately stayed the effect of his order so the MTA would have time to appeal.

Attorneys for the American Freedom Defence Initiative called the MTA’s decision a “disingenuous attempt to circumvent” the judge’s order and asked him to lift his stay.