Dueling ads over Israel and the Palestinian Authority reflect a decision quietly made by King County officials more than a year ago to reopen ad space on Metro Transit buses to political debate.

The latest ad, saying the government of the Palestinian West Bank is "calling for a Jew-free state," went on six Bellevue-based buses this week under a four-week contract with a New York-based right-wing group.

The ad, which ends with the words, "Equal rights for Jews," was a response to the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign's recent ad advocating "Equal rights for Palestinians."

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