Protesters say police order them to take down Israeli flags in Ben Gurion arrivals

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

Israeli police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul the judicial system, at the Ben Gurion Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, July 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
Israeli police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul the judicial system, at the Ben Gurion Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, July 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Chants of “democracy” and “this government is criminal” ring through Ben Gurion’s arrival hall.

As they clear protesters from inside the airport terminal, police allegedly asked demonstrators to remove their Israeli flags.

“He told me that I need to leave because of my flag,” says protester Yariv, to a senior officer.

A group of junior officers had tried to escort him out of the terminal.

“It’s an illegal order – this is the Israeli flag,” he tells the police.

Yariv ultimately agrees to a police request to leave the area.

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