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Coalition MKs given free vote on bill to bar Palestinian flag at universities

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Israeli and pro-Palestinian students stage protests at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba on May 23, 2022. (Emanuel Fabian/Times of Israel)
Israeli and pro-Palestinian students stage protests at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba on May 23, 2022. (Emanuel Fabian/Times of Israel)

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation decides to grant coalition lawmakers the freedom to vote their conscience on a controversial bill that would outlaw the display of enemy flags — including the Palestinian flag — at universities or government institutions.

Although Palestinian flags have sometimes been prohibited or confiscated by police, they are not illegal. The move, which comes amid heightened tensions ahead of this afternoon’s nationalist Flag March for Jerusalem Day, follows criticism of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev after Palestinian flags were displayed during a recent rally at the school in Beersheba.

The bill, sponsored by opposition Likud MK Eli Cohen, is expected to come for its preliminary vote on Wednesday.

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