A pro-Israel group sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday, asking a court to force it to accept a bus advertisement including the phrase "Hamas Killing Jews" after it was rejected on the grounds its display could incite violence.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organization headed by blogger Pamela Geller that is behind the advertisement. The lawsuit sought a ruling forcing the MTA to lift its objections and an award of unspecified damages for violations of the First and 14th amendments.

MTA spokeswoman Amanda Kwan said the agency had no comment. But the MTA on Sept. 19 issued a statement saying it was rejecting ads that include the phrase "Killing Jews" because displaying them on the backs of buses "would imminently incite or provoke violence."

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