The Palestinian flag has been banned in public places in Israeli and will be forcibly removed if they are “perceived” as threaten public orderunder a new directive signed by Israel’s new national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir.
When Palestine Liberation Organization or PLO unofficial flag is outlawed under current Israeli law thanks to the Oslo Accords signed in Washington, D.C. in 1993, Ben-Gvir, head of a nationalist far-right party in government new led by Benjamin Netanyahu, implying that they should be. “Today I have directed the Israeli police to enforce a ban on flying any PLO flag bearing the identification of a terrorist organization in public places and prevent any incitement against the State of Israel,” said Ben. -Gvir wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
The Palestinian flag was also forcibly removed last May at the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, where her coffin-bearers were beaten. She was killed by Israeli security forces while covering an army raid on the Jenin refugee camp.
Last week, a Palestinian prisoner serving a sentence for the 1983 murder of an Israeli soldier waved a Palestinian flag as he was released from prison, prompting the ban.
The crackdown comes after one of the most intense anti-Palestinian weeks in recent memory, with Mr Netanyahu’s new government seemingly determined to squeeze the PLO. On Friday, Israel withheld nearly $40 million in Palestinian taxes that were not intended for victims of Palestinian militant attacks. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh warned that such sanctions were harmful to the Palestine Liberation Organization, and would “immediately lead to its downfall”, according to an interview in the newspaper. haaretz in Monday.
Israel also revoked a travel permit for Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki while he was still on the plane on his way back from the inauguration of new Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Sunday. Three other diplomats traveling with his entourage were also denied easy return to the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
In addition, Israel has imposed a ban on Palestinian construction projects in the area.
The hardline approach is in direct retaliation for the UN General Assembly’s vote to bring Israel’s 55-year occupation of the West Bank to the International Court of Justice, at the request of the Administration. Palestine, which Mr. Netanyahu called “anti-Israel extremism”. Tactics on Sunday.