Palestinian Flag Ban Passes Preliminary Reading in Knesset

By Hamodia Staff

A drone flying a Palestinian flag over the Old City on Yerushalayim Day, May 29, later shot down by police.
(Olivier FItoussi/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM – A contentious bill to ban Palestinian flags from display at state-funded institutions passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset on Wednesday night.

The opposition bill carried by a vote of 63-16 against, with MKs from the New Hope and Yamina parties—including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett—voting with opposition MKs.

Although Palestinian flags have sometimes been prohibited or confiscated by police, they are not illegal. The proposal to ban them followed the display of Palestinian flags at a recent rally at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which drew outraged comments from the right wing. The university administration backed the students, mostly Bedouin, saying the event showed that students from all segments of Israeli society at the campus were able to “hold a variety of opinions and views.”

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