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PORTLAND -- Tensions in the Middle East are being played out on Portland's mass transit system.

A pro-Palestinian group recently paid for an ad on buses and trains about the plight of Palestinian refugees. The ads depicted a shrinking Palestinian territory over the years and a growing Israel. Next to a series of maps, the ad read: 4.7 million Palestinians are classified by the U.N as refugees.

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A pro-Israeli group has now responded with ads describing opponents of Israel as savage and carrying the words: Defeat Jihad.

The new ads started running Tuesday. They were purchased by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group run by blogger Pamela Geller.

Portland's mass transit system is the fourth to become a forum for the conflict, following New York, San Francisco and Washington.

Geller says the ads will be placed anywhere the anti-Israel ads run.

TriMet marketing director Drew Blevins says court rulings require the agency to accept all ads regardless of content.

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