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Palestinian flag comes off Ramat Gan tower after outcry

Israeli workers hang large Palestinian and Israeli flags as part of a campaign, in Ramat Gan, June 1, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Israeli workers hang large Palestinian and Israeli flags as part of a campaign, in Ramat Gan, June 1, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

A Palestinian flag hoisted on the side of a tower in Ramat Gan’s bourse district has been removed after opposition by Ramat Gan Mayor Carmel Shama Hacohen.

The flag had been hung some 30 stories above the Tel Aviv suburb’s Diamond Exchange alongside an Israeli flag, with a banner reading “We were meant to live together” in Hebrew and Arabic. The campaign was organized by Mehazkim, a left-wing group focused on getting progressive messages into the public sphere.

The display did that and then some, garnering widespread reactions online, much of it less than supportive.

Mehazkim says on Facebook that will continue to put up similar signs around the country, asking for volunteers and donors.

“Even if the pressure of yellowbellies and violent people brought down the Palestinian flag from our sign, things like this only give us more strength and motivation to spread the word,” it says.

Shama Hacohen says the Palestinian flag is being replaced by an Israeli flag with symbols for various state and security bodies as well as the city’s logo, though some have some other ideas.

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