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Ben Gvir said to order police to remove Palestinian flag wherever it flies
Public Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir has ordered Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai to remove Palestinian flags wherever they fly in public areas in Israel, Channel 13 news reports.
The network cites unnamed police officers saying they do not know what to make of the new directive by the far-right politician, since cops are currently only allowed to remove the banners if they are deemed to risk causing public disturbance.
As part of recent coalition negotiations, Ben Gvir has received unprecedented control over police policy.