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Political ads prompt Metro-North policy review

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Metro-North Railroad is reviewing its policy of allowing noncommercial messages at train stations as a flurry of ads offer views on Islam and the Israel-Palestinian dispute.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/NJnsu1 ) that the most recent ads at some New Haven Line stations link Islam to terrorism. Billboards paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative tell commuters, "It's not Islamophobia, It's Islamorealism."

The ads are intended to counter billboards that back Palestinians in their dispute with Israel. The ads were commissioned by a retired Wall Street broker of the Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it is reviewing its policy on non-commercial ads.

A federal judge issued an injunction last month saying the MTA violated free speech rights by rejecting an ad it considered discriminatory against Islam.

 

Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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