Potentially inflammatory anti-terrorism ads that use the word “savage” in reference to jihad, may be going up in the New York subway system.

The New York Times reports the advertisement says, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man”.

It concludes with “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad” wedged between two Stars of David.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which is responsible for the vast network of subways and buses in the city of more than eight million people, initially opposed the ads, citing its “demeaning” language when it barred its placement.

But the MTA lost a legal battle in July when a federal court judge ruled that barring the ads violated the First Amendment rights of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which purchased the ads.

The MTA is expected to post the ads initially at 10 subway stations next week.

The newspaper quoted MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan as saying “our hands are tied” when asked about the timing of the ads.

Anti-US protests have flared in many countries in protest of a video made in California that disparages Islam.

The judge in the case gave the MTA two weeks to revise its ad policy or to seek a further appeal.

It has done neither, the Times said.

Pamela Geller, the executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, sent an email to the Times in which she said recent events in the Mideast had not given her pause “for a second” about posting the ads in New York.

“I will never cower before violent intimidation, and stop telling the truth because doing so is dangerous,” she said.

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