Israel’s new far-right Nationwide Safety Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir stated on Sunday that he instructed police to take away Palestinian flags from public areas.
Israeli regulation doesn’t outlaw Palestinian flags however police and troopers have the precise to take away them in instances the place they deem there’s a menace to public order.
The directive from Ben-Gvir, who heads an ultranationalist occasion in Benjamin Netanyahu’s new authorities and as minister oversees the police, appears to take a tough line in requiring their elimination.
It follows the discharge final week of a long-serving Palestinian prisoner, convicted of kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1983, who waved a Palestinian flag whereas receiving a hero’s welcome in his village in northern Israel.
Ben-Gvir, in a press release, stated that waving the Palestinian flag is an act in help of terrorism.
“It can’t be that lawbreakers wave terrorist flags, incite and encourage terrorism, so I ordered the elimination of flags supporting terrorism from the general public area and to cease the incitement in opposition to Israel,” Ben-Gvir stated.
Arabs in Israel account for round a fifth of the inhabitants and most are descendants of Palestinians who remained throughout the newly based state after its 1948 conflict of independence.
They’ve lengthy debated their place in Israel’s politics, balancing their Palestinian heritage with their Israeli citizenship, with many figuring out as or with the Palestinians.
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