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posters calling to boycott IsraelFlash 90

A United States Appeals Court ruled Wednesday that Seattle city officials were within their rights to ban anti-Israel posters from city buses.

Such bans do not violate freedom of speech laws, as the posters' sponsors - Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union - attempted to argue.

The posters, which were first put up in 2010, show photos of Arabs in Gaza and other scenes, with the text “Israel War Crimes: Your Tax Dollars at Work.”

Although city officials initially did not attempt to ban the posters, they did so later when negative public reaction mounted. It also turned down requests by pro-Israel groups to put up counter posters as well.

According to Reuters, the court wrote in its decision that “Because the county simultaneously rejected all of the proposed ads on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - from opposing viewpoints - no reasonable jury could find that it engaged in viewpoint discrimination.”

Other cities, such as San Francisco, have responded to demand by the public to remove anti-Israel posters from buses by allowing pro-Israel groups to “advertise” as well.