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Anti-Islamic ads go up in Metro-North stations

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LARCHMONT, N.Y. (AP) -

An anti-Islamic advertisement has gone up at several Metro-North Railroad stations in Westchester County.

It reads: "It's not Islamophobia, it's Islamorealism."

The American Freedom Defense Initiative paid for it. It associates Islam with 19,250 terrorist attacks carried out by extremists since the 9/11.

The MTA told the Journal News it doesn't endorse the ad. But it said it doesn't ban advertising based on content.

Last month pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel ads appeared at Metro-North stations.

MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota said the agency may discuss its policies on political ads in September.

The Defense Initiative is led by blogger and political activist Pamela Geller. She said its message is it's not "`Islamophobic' to oppose jihad terror."

The Anti-Defamation League said to condemn the entire faith is unwarranted.

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