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Israel fines Palestinians for raising flags
Published Tuesday 16/04/2013 (updated) 18/04/2013 15:56
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel on Tuesday detained and interrogated five Palestinians for raising Palestinian flags on their cars in Jerusalem.

Two of those detained were released on bail of 5,000 shekels ($1378) and on condition that they do not raise Palestinian flags as Israel celebrates Independence Day, a Ma'an reporter said.

The three others were released.

Eight others were pulled over by traffic police and fined 250 shekels for having Palestinian flags on their cars.

Israeli flags are raised on buses, cars and buildings across Jerusalem as the country celebrates Independence Day.

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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/04/2013 04:45
Well, it's not as if Israel is a Western liberal state or anything.

2 ) James / USA
17/04/2013 12:48
Imagine if the Puerto Ricans in USA weren't allowed to wave their flag? Or if you went to any of the Irish neighborhoods all along the East coast and fined each house for displaying the Irish flag. Or God forbid you wen to South Philadelphia and told the Italians that it was illegal to display the Italian Flag. You'd be looking for trouble then! $1,378 USD for waving a Palestinian flag? That's ridiculous. Israel isn't a "western democracy" is a 3rd world morally bankrupt racist state.

3 ) Morqos / Mexico
17/04/2013 15:50
Right James. Or like going to California and tell Mexicans not to wave their flag, in a territory that used to be Mexico.

4 ) Mel / USA
17/04/2013 16:07
How very Nazi-like of Zionist Israel.Jews had their freedoms of identity&self-hood,dignity,crushed too.Little gestures of freedom upset control-maniacs.Native American Indians,Chinese,etc were made to convert,cut their hair,wear the garb-speak the tongue-of occupation/oppression! KEEP flying your national flag Palestine.Mail your fines to the White House,they can DEDUCT them from campaign donations from AIPAC,CUFI,ZOA,Jinsa,Winep voters!?

5 ) matt / usa
17/04/2013 16:27
Can jews or israelis wave israeli flages in gaza?
its funny how when israel does something that readers deem undemocratic, everybody gets mad. but noone does the same when arabs do the same thing.

6 ) Mel / Colin
17/04/2013 16:51
I agree - palestinians should wave or raise palestinian flags in Gaza and West bank. Israeli flags should fly in Israel.

7 ) Maisie / UK
17/04/2013 18:53
After "Exodus", Zionism enjoyed an enormous surge. It was amusingly noted and remarked upon by many Israelis. I often wonder, if the Paul Newman role had been played by someone like, say, Abe Foxman of the ADL, there would have been such a surge in immigration to Israel. It may seem far-fetched but it is rather sickening to have been exposed to images of handsome pioneers seeking only to live in peace in the"land of their fathers";this litany has increased to a nauseating crescendo.

8 ) Maureen / Australia
17/04/2013 19:14
#5 Matt. (So called) Israel has a store room full of flags that it waves world wide - sinister False False flags!

9 ) Carlos / USA
17/04/2013 20:00
For the israelis who have a hard time thinking, no on in US gets arrested for flying a Mexican flag in the US. Even if the Mexican flag is flown in Texas or California which was taken from Mexico. Waving a flag is considered "free speech". The US for all of its warts on freedom and liberty is an order of magnitude better than israel. israel is truly the pits for freedom. Only Saudi Arabia is anywhere close to israel. Iran is way more tolerant than israel.

10 ) Dweikat / Palestine
17/04/2013 22:04
@ 5) matt / usa ... stop talking crap...are there israeli living in Gaza? Forget about the fact that Israel has no right to excist... If there where foreign people in Gaza..Westbank...Palestine in its whole...then it would be no problem to let them wave their flag....So go play with children in the kindergarden instead of acting smart!

11 ) Ashti / Palestine
17/04/2013 22:27
Israel has an Identity crises, they put their flag everywhere starting months before their independance day, it is also a way to provoke Palestinians proving their presence in Palestine

12 ) Other matt / USA
17/04/2013 22:50
hey matt / usa: "Can jews or israelis wave israeli flages in gaza? its funny how when israel does something that readers deem undemocratic, everybody gets mad. but noone does the same when arabs do the same thing." I really don't mean to sound condescending, but I don't think you know what you are referring to when you say Gaza strip, so I'll speak to Palestine in general. yes. They not only wave their flags, but they knock down Palestinan homes, and put up their own - complete with flags.

13 ) ian / australia
18/04/2013 00:01
#6 "...palestinians should wave or raise palestinian flags in Gaza and West bank" The article isn't really clear where they were. Just Jerusalem. Maybe they WERE in the West Bank. "Israeli flags should fly in Israel." Israelis can do what they like, and have whatever kind of oddball state they want, as long as they keep it in Israel.

14 ) southparkbear / usa
18/04/2013 01:41
they could do it as a protest as much as they want provided they applied for a permit to protest. this works for Israelis and non Israelis. they aim was to make a provocation and that can be done orderly. as for the fines they are too low to my taste.

15 ) Anne O'Nimmus / UK
18/04/2013 03:45
@5 matt/usa
don't you know? Israelis wave their flags almost daily in Gaza - on the military vehicles they drive around in on their stolen 'buffer zone'! Why can't Palestinians fly their flags in what is, in international law, Palestine? Which East Jerusalem is.

16 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/04/2013 07:31
To James #2 'Imagine if the Puerto Ricans in USA weren't allowed to wave their flag? Or if you went to any of the Irish neighborhoods all along the East coast and fined each house for displaying the Irish flag. Or God forbid you wen to South Philadelphia and told the Italians that it was illegal to display the Italian Flag.' If that happened, then the United States would be more like Israel.

17 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/04/2013 07:33
To matt #5 'Can jews or israelis wave israeli flages in gaza? ' Well, that would be like waving a swastika in Tel Aviv. Probably not a good idea.

18 ) Stevie / Scotland
18/04/2013 08:02
Jews can do whatever takes there fancy in Gaza it seems and the USA will go along with them.

19 ) Mark / USA
18/04/2013 08:24
1/3 of the Israeli population within the green line (Israel proper) are Palestinians. They are ethnically Palestinian Arabs and citizens of Israel. Telling them that they're not allowed to display their flag is to deny them the right to acknowledge their history. And Matt #5, your argument is flawed. There are no Israelis in Gaza...but there are settlers & IDF in the UN-recognized Palestinian statek & they DO wave the Israeli flag.

20 ) Peter / Ireland
18/04/2013 12:08
Mel, you are confusing taste and legality. The fact that people might not want to see a Palestinian flag on Israeli Independence Day doesn't mean it should be illegal. Freedom of speech and expression is only worth having if it allows people to disagree.

21 ) Mel / USA
18/04/2013 15:48
#5:matt:"Israeli flags in gaza"? Why would Gazan's do that? When Israel is SO BUSY dropping bunker-buster bombs,w/phosphorous,DIME weps.Hell-Fire missiles etc,on an enclaved CIVILIAN ghetto with nowhere to run or hide?That's like asking folks in south Lebanon(alone)to fly Israel's flag after it dropped 4 MILLION shells/cluster-bomblets,on 650,000 civilians in 2006.Or asking Vietnam to fly Red,White&Blue's after we moonscaped THAT!Israel is recorded as"immoral"&"monstrous".No-one honors that!!!

22 ) Damien / Ireland
18/04/2013 20:22
I have a good one... go to West Belfast and tell them they cannot fly Irish flags... good luck!!

23 ) IVAN / RUSSIA
23/04/2013 05:40
THE FASIZM IN ISRAEL IS ALIVE & DOING WERY WELL ! BUT FOR HOW LONG???????????????

24 ) David Mendenhall / USA
25/04/2013 16:13
East Jerusalem is under Israeli occupation, not part of Israel. The Palestinian flag is more legitimate than the Israeli flag. Can the PA arrest and fine Israelis in the West Bank for flying Israeli flags?
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