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Israel bans Palestinian flags from public spaces

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AMMAN — Israel’s new far-right Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir has instructed Israeli forces to remove Palestinian flags from public areas, calling the hoisting of the flag an act of “terrorism”, Al Jazeera reported.اضافة اعلان

This ban adds to various punitive measures Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-religious government has taken against Palestinians since taking office.

According to a statement from Ben-Gvir’s office, the minister “sent the police commissioner’s office an order stating that all police officers of any rank are authorized in the course of police work to pull down flags of the Palestinian Authority.”

In a position paper published on Tuesday, Palestinian rights center Adalah wrote that “the guiding principles and coalition agreements of the new Israeli government intend to deepen Jewish supremacy and racial segregation”, Wafa reported.

The paper said that the new government has shaped its policies on the principle that the Jewish people have an “exclusive right” to the land they occupy.
“The guiding principles and coalition agreements of the new Israeli government intend to deepen Jewish supremacy and racial segregation”
In practice, the paper said, this means that the government has and will continue denying Palestinian people the right to self-determination and work to further establish “a racist regime of supremacy and segregation in all areas under Israel's control”.

Israel’s government is actively stifling the Palestinian people’s public life, political participation, and expressions of identity and self-determination, the paper said. This can be seen in the ban on flying the Palestinian flag, the new government’s murky definitions and applications of “terrorism” rulings, and the limiting of Palestinians’ right to protest.

The order came on the heels of a large anti-government protest in Tel Aviv on Saturday, during which protesters were seen flying the Palestinian flag.

Israeli police were already permitted to remove Palestinian flags from public areas whenever they were considered “a threat to public order”. However, the new directive given by Ben-Gvir, who oversees the police as national security minister, broadens the ruling to allow indiscriminate removal of the Palestinian national symbol.

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