A pro-Israel group must be allowed to place a paid advertisement on New York City public buses that a U.S. judge on Friday said likens Muslims to savages.

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan in a written opinion said a 1997 rule by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that barred demeaning language in advertisements was a violation of free speech.

While the rule was well intentioned, the judge found, it had the effect of discriminating against certain advertisers based on the content of their proposed message.

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