Israeli bill to ban Palestine flag

A student supporting Hamas holds a Palestinian flag in a rally at the Birzeit University in the West Bank city of Ramallah April 26, 2016. (Reuters)

A new bill, proposed by Israel’s Likud MK Anat Berko, would prohibit the Palestinian flag from being raised at demonstrations.

According to Jerusalem Post, the legislation “would subject violators to up to a year in prison.”

“The flags of enemies should not be tolerated in the public sphere,” Berko said. “This cannot be allowed, and it must be enforced.”

Joint List MK Jamal Zahalka called the bill “racist, cowardly, and an attempt to hide Palestinian identity that will not succeed.” He said the Nation-State Law had started a trend in racist legislation.

His Joint List colleague, MK Aida Touma-Sliman, said the Palestinian flag is a national symbol of Palestinian people under occupation and their struggle.

“Those who think Arab citizens must prove their loyalty to Israel by denying their national identity are very wrong,” she said.

The bill will be presented when the Knesset returns from its summer recess.

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