Celtic are bad, but Rangers, ‘I like ’em’, says Is­raeli min­is­ter

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MICHAEL OREN has also hit out at “sad” Celtic sup­port­ers who fly the Pales­tinian flags at foot­ball matches.

The Is­raeli gov­ern­ment min­is­ter also said col­lect­ing cash at matches for char­i­ties that help the Pales­tini­ans is “ill-ad­vised”.

But when asked what he thought about Rangers fans who fly the Is­raeli flag, the politi­cian smiled and said: “I like ’em.”

The Her­ald on Sun­day re­vealed in Septem­ber that the Pales­tinian and Is­raeli flags were on a po­lice list of flags that could be a crim­i­nal of­fence to fly in Scot­land.

A “re­stricted” doc­u­ment is­sued to of­fi­cers in­cludes pic­tures of po­ten­tially crim­i­nal symbols and a brief de­scrip­tion of the laws that may be bro­ken if they are flown

“in a provoca­tive man­ner”.

The Is­raeli flag is flown by loy­al­ists who “align them­selves with Is­rael due to Bri­tish sup­port for the state”, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment.

A mi­nor­ity of Rangers fans have been seen with the flag at matches.

The po­lice doc­u­ment also said repub­li­can Celtic sup­port­ers fly the Pales­tinian flag to un­der­line “their own de­sire for in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain”.

Sup­port­ers have col­lected money for char­i­ties that sup­port Pales­tini­ans.

Mr Oren said: “I think it’s ill-ad­vised. It’s sad. Let’s leave it at sad.”

When asked what he thought about Rangers fans who fly the Is­raeli flag he added: “I like ’em. Makes me happy.”

Celtic did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

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