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Apr 17, 2013

Israeli flags banned from Har HaBayit

I am used to going up on Har Habayit to the sad tune of a prayer book being considered contraband. Our instructions by the police prior to ascending, and the body search we undergo, are to ensure no prayer books are being brought on to Har HaBayit.

Now there is a new type of contraband. I am not sure if it is more serious or less, but it is being taken as a serious threat by the police. That would be the Israeli flag.

Some people who ascended Har Habayit yesterday, on Yom HaAtzmaut, related how they had to undergo humiliating searches on their body to ensure they were not carrying, or hiding, any Israeli flags. Not just the usual emptying of the pockets with perhaps a pat-down. People were asked to take off the shirts, and police gave a full-body feel-up, similar things we have heard being done by the TSA in the USA...

The Israeli police are no longer just afraid of prayer books, but also of the Israeli flag. Amazing to think that on Yom HaAtzmaut the Israeli police's biggest fear for Har Habayit is that an Israeli flag might be flown.

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  1. Short of kicking the Arabs out of Israel, how else do you prevent the Arab population from rioting?

  2. the police get paid to come up with such solutions. giving in to threats, even if only perceived threats, isnt the solution. That much I know from raising a few kids.

  3. I know raising kids you don't give in, because you can limit their civil liberties. However, the only way to prevent the whole of the Arab population from rioting would be to kick them out or severely limit their civil liberties. I don't see any other way to prevent them from rioting. I mean, israel even supplies power, food, water and so on to the gaza strip! It's not like Israel can tell these anti-israelites that they have to comply or they wont get dinner, or they will go to time out and so on.


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