Young Israelis danced and sang in mid-town Jerusalem to help raise the spirits of everyone, following all these terror attacks.
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The Palestinian Authority is trying to pull a fast one on the Vatican by sponsoring a motion in the United Nations to allow the flags of two non-member states, itself and the Vatican, to wave at the headquarters in New York.
The Vatican is anxious for its flag to be flown in honor of Pope Francis’ visit that is scheduled for next month. Although it is one of the leaders of the fan club to see the Palestinian Authority become another Arab state, it is less than thrilled at Mahmoud Abbas’ latest trick.
It asked the PA’s mission at the United Nations to drop the idea of linking the Palestinian Authority with the Vatican on the draft resolution for allowing the flags to be raised.
The Palestinian Authority resolution refers to flags of non-member observer states, specifically the Palestinian Authority and the Vatican, and states:
[They] shall be raised at the United Nations Headquarters and Offices following the flags of the member states of the United Nations.
Reuters reported that the Vatican mission at the United Nations circulated a note to some member countries stating:
The Holy See asks the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations kindly to remove in its draft resolution any reference to the ‘Holy See’ and any generic reference ‘on behalf of the Observer States.’
If the Palestinian Authority backs down, it still could table a separate resolution that its flag fly at the United Nation, since allowing the Vatican flag to be raised would set a precedent.
The Palestinian Authority has been building symbols for statehood for years. In the Intifada in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Israeli soldiers spent much of their time chasing after Arabs who tried to raise the Palestinian Authority flag on roads.
Eventually, the IDF lost the battle, and even Hamas flags and a few ISIS flags fly everywhere today, not only in Judea and Samaria but even in some Arab cities in Israel and sometimes on the Temple Mount.
If the Palestinian Authority flag ends up flying at the United Nations, don’t get too excited.
Every time the Palestinian Authority wins another symbol for statehood, it puffs its chest even more, but in reality, Abbas has done everything to defer statehood by increasing his demands beyond the limits all but the most far-left radicals in Israel would accept.
The attorney general on Wednesday reiterated Israel’s ban on flying the flag of terrorist organizations. It is against the law to fly a flag from the Hezbollah, Hamas or Islamic State terrorist organizations. For that matter, it’s also against the law to fly the flag of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as well.
It’s a practice often seen at rallies and demonstrations held at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Fridays and elsewhere when things are heating up and Arab leaders are deliberately agitating to stir up a peaceful crowd into a rioting mob against Israel.
Some slack has been allowed in recent years, however, particularly in cases of flying the flag of the Palestinian Authority and the PLO. The ruling was transmitted in a letter Wednesday by aides in the office of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to staff members in the Justice Ministry.
In Weinstein’s opinion, “The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was declared a terror organization many years ago and that designation has never been changed. Technically, flying the PLO flag is a crime, as that ws legislated when the PLO was declared a terror group.
“Given the new relationship between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which represents the PLO, the Attorney General has for many years overlooked the criminal aspects of flying the PLO flag, and no one is persecuted for this anymore,” the letter states.
“With that, there is no overall protection for flying the flag of terror groups, which is still a crime.”
The law against flying the flag of terrorist organizations, the letter states, must still be enforced against other terror groups, including the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), Hezbollah and Hamas.
“When such flags and symbols are displayed police must judge whether there is a possibility of public disorder or disturbance, or danger to the public. If there is, police should take steps to remove the flags,” the letter continues.
“In appropriate cases, charges may be made against perpetrators.
“We have recently distributed these instructions to police and security officials and expect them to act in accordance with these principles.”
Chile’s Palestine Football Club, after being fined for wearing uniforms on which the number one in players’ numbers in the backs of their shirts were represented by a map of Israel as Palestine, unveiled its new uniforms that now show exactly the same thing on the front of the shirt.
Inset into the players’ numbers on the backs of their uniform shirts also are small maps of Israel.
The uniforms, worn Sunday in a match against Universidad de Concepcion, replace the old uniforms
Chile’s top soccer league, the National Association of Professional Football of Chile, or ANFP, unanimously decided last week to fine the team for the old uniforms. The ANFP also ruled that the team, which wore the jerseys in three games this month, must redesign the uniforms to include numerals for player numbers.
The ANFP said it was opposed to “any form of political, religious, sexual, ethnic, social or racial discrimination.”
The decision followed a request by Patrick Kiblisky Fried, the Jewish president of Chile’s Deportivo Nublense SDAP club, which plays in the same league.
The new uniform is shown in a photo at the official Facebook page of the soccer club. In its first hours online, the post of that photo received 327 likes and 73 comments, nearly half of them wanting to buy the new shirt and also the banned one.
“The fact that the Palestinian Soccer Club chose to keep the map of Israel on their shirt, claiming all of it as Palestinian Territory, provides further proof that the ideology of the leaders of the Palestinian community of Chile is very extremist, and it is based on the denial of all connection of the Jewish People with the land of Israel,” Maximiliano Grass, director of the Chile-Israel Council, the Zionist Federation of Chile, told JTA.
“As a matter of fact, even when they cannot use the previous shirt any more, they’ve taken advantage of media coverage to sell more than 7,000 of them around the globe. With this kind of attitude, it is very unlikely that we are able to reestablish constructive dialogue with the local Palestinian community any time soon,” he added.
The club was founded in 1920 by Palestinian immigrants to Chile. The Palestinian community in Chile is believed to be the largest outside of the Middle East when defined by including approximately 300,000 Chileans who claim lineage to those who left Israel.
Three Israelis were detained by police Tuesday morning for trying to smuggle an Israeli flag into the Temple Mount, where they wanted to unfurl it and wave it, a police spokesman said.
One of the men, all of whom were said to be in the 20s and 30s, hid a flag in his underwear, and the two packed the flags in their bags.
Their offense apparently was violating the status quo on the Temple Mount. There is no similar prohibition for Muslims to pray or fly any kind of flag on the Temple Mount.
Last October, 13 Israelis were dragged out and arrested for praying and waving an Israeli flag on the Temple Mount. On Independence Day last year, a group of Israelis tried to enter the Temple Mount and were subjected to what they described as a humiliating search to expose hidden Israeli flags.
“We were separated from the tourists who entered the Temple Mount freely and our ID cards were taken for inspection” Eitaמ Kleinman told the Kol Yehudi radio station.
“A police officer asked us to enter a search room,” Kleinman rlated. “He apologized, explaining that he had to physically search us for a flag. We were shocked; we removed our upper garments and were searched as if we were dangerous criminals.”
After the search they were allowed to enter the Mount, accompanied by officials of the Muslim Waqf who shouted at them.
In the midst of renewed Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations, the Facebook page of the Presidential Guard of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas recently featured a photo illustration with the PA flag superimposed on the Western Wall, Palestinian Media Watch reported.
The photo included a young Palestinian man giving a two-finger peace sign, next to an Orthodox Jewish man facing the Western Wall. Above the two men, the PA flag featured the text “The Al-Buraq Wall,” which is the Muslim term for the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, and text above the flag read “Palestinian youth know their rights.”
Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations resume Aug. 14 in Jerusalem.