‘These people are a disgrace’: Lapid slams flag march ‘Death to Arabs’ chants

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid assails those filmed chanting “Death to Arabs” at the Jerusalem flag parade currently taking place.

He says it was right to approve the march, praising new Public Security Minister Omer Barlev “on the excellent management of the event,” but criticizes those who used it to express hateful messages towards Arab Israelis and Palestinians.

“The fact that there are extremist elements for whom the Israeli flag represents hatred and racism is abominable and unforgivable,” Lapid says on Twitter.

“It is inconceivable how one can hold the Israeli flag in one hand and shout ‘Death to the Arabs’ at the same time. This is neither Judaism nor Israeliness, and that is certainly not what our flag symbolizes. These people are a disgrace to the people of Israel,” he says.

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