Those who complained were told the following "BART's policies allow for viewpoint advertising on the BART system. Because of this policy, and the free speech protections of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, BART is restricted from rejecting advertisements based solely on their point of view.
Kindly consider that the distinction between an ad critical of the "Palestinian leadership" is different than something critical of the “Palestinian people” ... just as free speech protects the rights of US citizens to criticize the government. Criticizing Congress is not the same as demeaning or disparaging the American people". Michael Moran - Mmoran [at] bart.gov
Our response (#1)
by jamnation - Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2011 2:04 PM
Bay Area culture jammers ask the BART to kindly consider that the ads contribute to the climate of anti-Arab sentiment and Islamaphobia that is already pervasive in U.S. media. Israel and its supporters use this climate to cloak and justify their own denial of Palestinian human rights. Moreover, equating "the Palestinian leadership" with the U.S. Congress overlooks the fact that the Palestinian people are denied national self-determination.