ANN ARBOR (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against an Ann Arbor bus agency after it refused to allow an ad that says, “Boycott Israel.”
The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Detroit claims the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority is violating the free-speech rights of Blaine Coleman, who wants to put the ad on buses near the University of Michigan.
The lawsuit says the bus agency’s board met Nov. 17 and rejected the ad, claiming it violates a policy against ads that ridicule people or groups.
Coleman’s ad would say, “Boycott Israel, Boycott Apartheid.” He believes the Israeli government treats Palestinians unfairly. A message seeking comment was left with the chairwoman of the bus agency.
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