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Israel approves a bill to ban Palestinian flags from public institutions.

Israel approves a bill to ban Palestinian flags from public institutions.

 Israel Approves Bill to Ban Raising Palestinian Flag in Universities, Public Institutions

The Israeli government's parliamentary committee adopted a measure on Sunday that would prohibit the display of the Palestinian flag at colleges or public institutions.


The right-wing parties in power and the far-right opposition in Israel are fighting a war against the Palestinian flag, which is why the bill was passed.



Eli Cohen, a lawmaker from the opposition Likud party who sponsored the bill, said, "Some Arab Israelis must stop being hypocritical and stirring up trouble." They want to use the budget of the State of Israel while also defying it and hurting its sovereignty.



"Anyone who thinks of themselves as Palestinian will get all the help they need from us to go to Gaza," Cohen said.



Leaks from the ministers' meeting during the debate over the bill said that Housing and Construction Minister Ze'ev Elkin (New Hope) and Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) got into a fight after Zandberg said that waving flags didn't bother anyone.


Although police have occasionally forbidden or seized Palestinian flags, they are not unlawful.



The push for new laws came as tensions rose before Sunday's nationalist Flag March for Jerusalem Day. It also came after Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was criticized for displaying Palestinian flags at a recent rally in Beersheba.



In response to the criticism, the university said in a statement that the events showed that students from all parts of Israeli society could "hold different opinions and views"



The measure would not just impact universities, but any state-funded institution, such as cultural institutions, that opt to display the flag.

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