Pro-Israel Group Asks Judge to Override Bus Ad Ban

NEW YORK (AP) -

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 that the ads be displayed anyway.

The lawyers made the request of U.S. Judge John Koeltl on Thursday, a day after the MTA banned all political ads on subways and buses to get around his order to display the ads.

But the judge had immediately stayed the effect of his order so the MTA would have time to appeal.

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