Outrage as Ben-Gvir compares Palestinian flag to 'Nazi symbol'

Outrage as Ben-Gvir compares Palestinian flag to 'Nazi symbol'
Residents of East Jerusalem defiantly displayed Palestinian flags in response to a ban imposed by far-right Israeli minister Ben-Gvir, who compared the flag to a Nazi symbol.
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11 January, 2023
Ben-Gvir has banned Palestinians from displaying their flag [Getty]

Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem have raised Palestinian flags in a challenge to extreme-right Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir’s decision to ban the flag and remove it from all public spaces.

Footage shared on social media showed a man hanging Palestinian flags from electricity poles in the occupied holy city, in defiance of Ben-Gvir’s decision.

It came as Ben-Gvir compared the Palestinian flag to a Nazi symbol on Twitter.

“Freedom of speech – yes. Full on waving Nazi symbols - no. Violation of order and road blocks contrary to the law - no. A law is a law and it applies to everyone,” Ben-Gvir tweeted.

On Sunday, Ben-Gvir gave orders to Israeli police to remove Palestinian flags from any public space, claiming that it was the symbol of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), which he described as a “terrorist organisation”.


Amnesty International has condemned Ben-Gvir’s ban as “a "shameless attempt to legitimise racism".

"Israeli authorities say the directive is aimed at stopping 'incitement' against Israel, but it comes amid a string of measures designed to silence dissent and restrict protests, including those held in defence of Palestinian rights," Amnesty said in a statement.

"The farcical pretexts for this directive cannot mask the fact that Israeli authorities are growing increasingly ruthless in their attempts to silence Palestinian voices," the statement added.

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Ben-Gvir, who leads the far-right Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, has a history of inciting violence against Palestinians, previously calling on police to open fire on Palestinian residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.

He is a disciple of racist Israeli Rabbi Meir Kahane, who advocated the expulsion of all Palestinians from Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

Last week, Ben-Gvir embarked on a provocative visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem – the third most holy site in the Islamic faith – which was condemned by the UN Security Council and governments worldwide.