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Pro-Israel group sues MBTA over proposed ads
by Martine Powers
An anti-Islamist advocacy group is suing the MBTA after the transit agency rejected a proposed subway advertisement on the grounds that it was "demeaning or disparaging."
The ad, funded by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a New York-based organization that seeks to combat a purported spread of Islamism in the United States, reads: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel; defeat Jihad."
MBTA officials rejected the ad Monday on the basis that it violated their advertising guidelines, and today said they would be willing to change their stance if the activist group modifies the ad.
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