Harvard Law Professor and Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz expressed confusion and mild outrage over the newly approved New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority advertisement guidelines.
The new rules, which came in the wake of the pro-Israel subway ad calling jihadists "savages," allow the M.T.A. to ban any ads they believe may "imminently incite or provoke violence or other immediate breach of the peace.”
In an interview with The Algemeiner, Dershowitz called the new rules, "plain dumb" and "unconstitutional."
“A. it’s clearly unconstitutional” Dershowitz told the publication, and “b. it incentivizes people to engage in violence. What it says to people, is that if they don’t like ads, just engage in violence and then we’ll take the ads down.”
“It’s very bad policy,” he continued, “and it’s just plain dumb, because it is going to encourage violence.”
Dershowitz expressed concern over the policy's infringement on the first amendment right of freedom of speech saying, “In the age of radical imams whipping up reactions, it just gives them more encouragement to do it. So if somebody wants to put up a picture of Mohammed in the subway, all people have to do is threaten violence and its censorship comes into effect."