Aug 28 2018
In their latest attempt to strip Palestinians of their fundamental right to freedom of expression, Israel seeks to make illegal the raising of the Palestinian flag in occupied Palestine –punishable by up to one-year imprisonment.
The proposed fascist law refers to the Palestinian flag as an "enemy flag" rather than by its actual name. Seems the “only democracy in the Middle East” gets more desperate every day. Before Israel whines and complains about antisemitism, perhaps next time, it should stop treating Palestinians as subhuman.
Imagine if President Trump were to tweet, "effective immediately, no foreign flags are allowed to be flown or displayed in the US. We are not going to stand for that. The ban would apply to all flags of 'shit hole' countries, as well as the flag of Ireland during the St. Patrick's parade celebration and the and the Mexican flag during the Cinco De Mayo holiday. Only exception is foreign embassies." Let that sink for a minute, or as my youngest son would say, " Let that marinate!"
So why does Israel make what's legal illegal? Why does it consider what is internationally known as illegal legal? First, it has taken away the right of free speech. Second, it has built an illegal Jewish settlement on stolen or confiscated Palestinian lands which is universally recognised illegal, but not to Israel. This is a concerted cultural campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ‘Nazinyahu’ and his fanatical illegal Jewish settlers to erase Palestinian identity.
Just for the record, according to Wikipedia, "As of August 3, 2018, there are 137 of 193 member states of the United Nations and two non-member states have recognised the State of Palestine. Many of the countries that do not recognise the State of Palestine nevertheless recognise the PLO as the 'representative of the Palestinian people.' By contrast, 19 per cent of the countries around the world (36 countries) do not recognise Israel and/or have diplomatic relations with Israel."
All that the Palestinians want is freedom and independence from the brutal foreign military occupation they have been subjected to for over 70 years. They aspire for the very same freedom Americans fought for in 1776. No matter what, Palestinians will defy the new Israeli fascist law by flying their flag. As far as Israel is concerned, Israel can fly a kite.
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