Israel’s Ben-Gvir Bans Palestinian Flag-Flying in Public – LeMonde 1/9/23


The announcement made by Israel’s national security minister on Sunday is the latest crackdown on Palestinians by the country’s new hard-line government.

Israel’s national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has ordered police to ban Palestinian flags from public places. His order follows a series of other punitive steps against the Palestinians since taking office late last month.

“Today I directed the Israel Police to enforce the prohibition of flying any PLO flag that shows identification with a terrorist organization from the public sphere and to stop any incitement against the State of Israel,” Mr. Ben-Gvir announced on Twitter on Sunday, January 8.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government has moved quickly against the Palestinians in retaliation for a Palestinian push for the UN’s highest judicial body to give its opinion on Israel’s 55-year military occupation of the West Bank.

It has withheld nearly $40 million in Palestinian tax revenues and said it will transfer the money to victims of Palestinian militant attacks, stripped Palestinian officials of VIP privileges and even broke up a meeting of Palestinian parents discussing their children’s education, claiming it was unlawfully funded by the Palestinian Authority….

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