Flagophobia: Israel’s escalating war on the Palestinian flag

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With the rising tensions between Israel and the Palestinians over the past weeks, a heightened and rather narrow perception of what constitutes a threat to Israel’s national security came to light. No longer it is about the Palestinian protests, stone-throwers, or even Hamas rockets, but now the very symbol of Palestinian national identity has become a threat: the red, green, black, and white Palestinian flag. During Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral, dozens of Israeli police officers stormed the procession and violently tried to stop the mourners from marching outside the hospital, almost causing t…

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