Ann Arbor Transportation Agency Rejects Anti-Israel Ads

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) has, for the second time, rejected a request to run an anti-Israel advertisement on its buses, the Ann Arbor Chronicle reported.

AATA met to reconsider the ad on Thursday, following a court order.

In January of 2011, the agency rejected a request from Ann Arbor resident Blaine Coleman to place an anti-Israel advertisement on its buses, prompting the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to file a lawsuit against the AATA, claiming it violated Coleman’s First Amendment right to free speech and 14th Amendment right to due process.

The ad was an image of a skull and bones and said, “Boycott ‘Israel.’ Boycott Apartheid.”

In rejecting the ad in November of 2011, AATA said the ad violated the agency’s policy prohibiting any advertisement that “defames or is likely to hold up to scorn or ridicule a person or group of persons.”


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