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VICTORY! Seattle Transit Caves, AFDI Pro-Israel ads to run citywide

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We won! I love these ads.

"Seattle Area Transit Authority to Display Pro-Israel Advertisement after Legal Action Threatened" AFLC, July 1, 2013

In
a victory for free speech, the King County Metro Transit (“Metro”)
announced today that it has agreed to run a pro-Israel advertisement on
its public transportation vehicles after facing the threat of legal
action from the advertisement’s sponsors.  Metro had repeatedly denied
the advertisement until the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC)
threatened to sue the agency on behalf of the advertisement’s sponsors,
the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI), and its executive directors,
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.  The proposed advertisement states,
“The Palestinian Authority Is Calling For A Jew-Free State.  Equal
Rights for Jews.”

The
proposed advertisement is a direct response to an
anti-Israel/pro-Palestine advertisement that Metro did not object to
running on its public vehicles.  That advertisement states, “Equal
Rights for Palestinians.  The Way to Peace.”

David
Yerushalmi, Co-Founder and Senior Counsel of AFLC, commented: “Time and
again, government transit agencies censor FDI’s advertisements to
placate the anti-Israel, pro-sharia crowd, whose agenda is exposed when
our clients use public platforms to break through political correctness
to highlight the important issues concerning Israel and the rapid rise
of sharia-adherent Islam.” 

Yerushalmi
continued: “And time again, we have to push back against these
unconstitutional restrictions on our clients’ free speech.  However,
government agencies, after witnessing our successful challenges in New
York and Washington, D.C., are starting to understand the costs of
violating the Constitution, whether through losing in litigation or by
the negative exposure of their actions.”

Robert
Muise, Co-Founder and Senior Counsel of AFLC, added: “There was simply
no legal basis for Metro to reject our clients’ proposed advertisement
in the first instance.  Indeed, by rejecting the advertisement, Metro
was engaging in viewpoint discrimination, which is an egregious form of
content discrimination that is prohibited by the First Amendment in all
forums.”

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