MANHATTAN (CN) – New York City’s ban on advertisements with the slogan “Killing Jews is Worship” is legal, as the city no longer accepts political advertisements, the Second Circuit ruled on Thursday.
The ads, which were paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative and submitted for approval in 2014, shows a picture of a man draped in a Palestinian keffiyeh next to a quotation attributed to Hamas MTV.
The quotation, which was translated from a music video by militants that was broadcast in the Gaza strip, states “killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah.” Underneath the quote the ad stated: “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority attempted to block the group from displaying the ads, claiming they would incite violence. The AFDI then filed a lawsuit claiming violation of its First Amendment rights.
A federal judge ruled last year that there was no public safety threat in the advertising campaign, holding the city had produced no objective evidence it would “incite imminent violence.”