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Preliminary hearing sides against SEPTA and for Hitler ads
by Katya Botwinick
SEPTA has lost round one of a lawsuit over whether it can refuse to run ads it deems anti-Islam. U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has denied the use of SEPTA's expert witness, dismantling the first line of its defense.
The ads were created by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (also known as Stop Islamization of America), an organization that has already published ads on public buses and billboards in New York and Washington, D.C.
The specific ad in this case states, "Islamic Jew-Hatred: It's in the Quran. Two Thirds of All US Aid Goes to Islamic Countries. Stop the Hate. End All Aid to Islamic Countries." The ad also contains a picture of Adolph Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini (a Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader) with the caption, "Adolf Hitler and his staunch ally, the leader of the Muslim world, Haj Amin al-Husseini."
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