Coun­cil al­lows Is­raeli flag to fly in Bury

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

BURY COUN­CIL has agreed to al­low the fly­ing of the Is­raeli flag on Yom Ha’atz­maut next Thurs­day, fol­low­ing a re­view of its flag pro­to­col, sparked by its re­fusal to fly the blue star and stripes last year.

Jews in Greater Manch­ester were an­gered af­ter the then Con­ser­va­tiverun coun­cil re­fused to al­low the flag cer­e­mony to take place, and said a new pol­icy would bar all flags, ex­cept for the Union Jack, the Cross of St Ge­orge, and Bury’s own flag.

The decision was reversed last year af­ter it was pointed out that Pak­istan’s in­de­pen­dence day was marked an­nu­ally by the fly­ing of the Pak­istani flag, in a cer­e­mony at­tended by coun­cil­lors and MPS.

Fol­low­ing a re­view by the now Labour-run coun­cil, Bury will al­low any com­mu­nity and na­tional- ity to fly a flag to mark a na­tional day.

There are two pro­vi­sos: the re­quest to fly a flag must come from Bury res­i­dents, and they must give two weeks’ no­tice.

But flags will no longer be flown over the town hall. In­stead, the coun­cil has placed a flag­pole in the newly de­vel­oped Union Public Square op­po­site the town hall, and all such cer­e­monies will take place there.

A Bury Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “Bury Coun­cil ap­pre­ci­ates the im­por­tance that a num­ber of com­mu­ni­ties place on cel­e­brat­ing their re­spec­tive na­tional days.

“Although not all groups would wish to do so by rais­ing their na­tional flag, we want to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties who do — but in a con­trolled way.”

When the Is­raeli flag is un­furled next Thurs­day, it will be only the sec­ond one to fly in the new square af­ter St Ge­orge’s Day on Mon­day.

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