Federal judge orders Philadelphia’s transit system to accept anti-Islam ads with Hitler

Philadelphia’s transit system ordered to display ads with photograph of former Palestinian Mufti with Adolf Hitler, saying, ‘Jew Hatred: It’s in the Quran.’

Associated Press

 

Philadelphia’s transit system has been ordered to accept provocative ads that include a 1941 photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader after a federal judge ruled in favor of a pro-Israel group’s free-speech lawsuit.

The proposed bus ads carry a tagline saying: “Jew Hatred: It’s in the Quran.”

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority believes the ads violate “minimal civility standards” and will consider an appeal. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported on Wednesday’s ruling by US District Judge Mitchell Goldberg.

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The ad in question features a photograph of a 1941 meeting between Adolf Hitler and Hajj Amin al-Husseini, described by the group as a Palestinian leader and Hitler ally.

The ads are produced by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group that opposes US aid to Islamic countries and has filed similar lawsuits in New York and other cities.

Anti-Islam ad in New York – Photo: EPA

SEPTA General Counsel Gino J. Benedetti testified in December that he rejected the ad because he thought it “put every single Muslim in the same category (of) being a Jew hater.”

Goldberg concluded that the transit authority’s “anti-disparagement” policy, while well-intentioned, was not clearly defined and therefore potentially discriminatory. He noted that SEPTA has run viewpoint ads on public issues including animal cruelty, birth control, religion and fracking.

“It is clear that the anti-disparagement standard promulgated by SEPTA was a principled attempt to limit hurtful, disparaging advertisements. While certainly laudable, such aspirations do not, unfortunately, cure First Amendment violations,” Goldberg wrote.

 

View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4636561,00.html

2 comments

  1. Francois says:

    The truth hurts those who are guilty. Is the ad any worse than radicals threatening the extinction of all Jews? Sure the ad will enrage the radicals and their sympathizers. They will hate with or without provocation. Let those Muslims who are not radicals and who want co-existence speak out and make their feelings of conciliation be known. Do not be silent in the face of the Islamic Nazi evil. I doubt that the average low information resident of Philadelphia has ever seen the ad picture nor known what happened in WW2.

  2. Rita says:

    Good! Its about time! Way to go Judge Goldberg! I wish they could plaster these ads from Times Square to Marina del Rey.,..AND all those campuses that allow and promote the BDS movement.

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