“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” the ad reads. “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
The ad will remain posted for a month, MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said.
The ad, sponsored by the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative, appeared after the Metropolitan Transit Authority lost a bid to refuse to post it on the grounds that it violated the agency’s policy against demeaning language, Reuters reported.
In July, a federal judge ruled it was protected speech and ordered the MTA to place the posters.
Pamela Geller, executive director for the ad’s sponsor group, rejected the MTA’s assertion the posters were demeaning.
“There’s nothing either hateful or false about my ad,” Geller said in an email.
“We recognize the freedom of speech issues and her right to be a bigot and a racist,” said Muneer Awad, the executive director of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, FOX News reported.
But he said he hopes elected officials and the MTA, which runs the nation’s largest mass transit system, “take on a leadership role in denouncing hate speech.”