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‘Fly Israeli flag’ demand put to Preston Council chiefs

Palaestinian Flag raised at Preston Town Hall.
Protest outside the Town Hall.  The flag was raised after protests.
25th July 2014

Palaestinian Flag raised at Preston Town Hall. Protest outside the Town Hall. The flag was raised after protests. 25th July 2014

More than 800 people have joined a Facebook group calling on Preston Council to fly the Israeli flag.

The row comes just days after an on-off fiasco in which the Palestinian flag was briefly flown from Preston Town Hall.

The group, called “500 Plus Names for Preston Council to Fly the Israeli Flag” was formed last weekend.

The woman behind the group – who is not from Preston – said today she was merely a member of the public who was concerned about the city council taking sides.

The organiser, who asked not to be identified, said anti-Semitism was rife.

She said in an ideal world, the only flag flown in this country should be the Union Flag.

She added: “But if the council chooses to fly the Palestinian flag, then why not the Israeli flag as well?”.

The Facebook campaigners say they want residents to write to all local councils and MPs across Britain, and “demand solidarity with Israel”. The group has over 800 members.

The Palestinian flag was raised outside the Town Hall on Friday afternoon, despite the council issuing a statement to say it would not be flown after a raft of complaints.

The council had previously announced the flag would be flown as a mark of solidarity with the people of Palestine.

But after receiving a backlash from the public said the Union Flag would be flown at half mast, and the peace flag flown this week.

A council spokesman said: “The council hasn’t received an official request to fly the flag, but any requests are considered in line with the flag flying policy.”

 

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