Dublin City Hall set to fly Pales­tinian flag

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

THE PALES­TINIAN flag will be flown over Dublin City Hall in “sol­i­dar­ity with oc­cu­pied and dis­placed” Pales­tini­ans, to co­in­cide with Is­raeli In­de­pen­dence Day, coun­cil­lors have said.

The move was agreed at a Dublin City Coun­cil pro­to­col com­mit­tee meet­ing, and will be passed to a full coun­cil vote on May 8.

The Is­raeli em­bassy in Ire­land said ap­prov­ing the mo­tion would “de­fame the good name of the city of Dublin and its cit­i­zens”.

A spokesman for the em­bassy said: “It will in ef­fect raise a white flag of sub­mis­sion to ter­ror or­gan­i­sa­tions, ha­tred and black­mail.”

The mo­tion was pro­posed by Coun­cil­lor John Lyons, of the Peo­ple Be­fore Profit Al­liance, who has of­ten voiced pro-Pales­tinian sen­ti­ment on so­cial me­dia.

It pro­posed that “not­ing re­cent re­ports of diplo­matic de­vel­op­ments by the Ir­ish state to­ward full recog­ni­tion of the state of Pales­tine… this city coun­cil will fly the flag of Pales­tine over City Hall for the month of May 2017 in sup­port of the above diplo­matic moves and as a ges­ture of our sol­i­dar­ity with the peo­ple of Pales­tine liv­ing un­der oc­cu­pa­tion in the West Bank

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and Gaza”.

In a sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ment, Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin stu­dents union coun­cil has voted against sup­port­ing Boy­cott, Di­vest­ment, Sanc­tions move­ment against Is­rael.

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