Dublin City Hall to raise Palestinian flag in solidarity against 'brutal' Israeli occupation
The provocative gesture is being initiated by a known pro-Palestinian councilman who claims that Israel is 'an apartheid regime.' Council: Event is expected to take place on May 15 to mark 50 years of 'Israeli occupation.'
According to the decision Tuesday, the flag will be raised on May 15th, marking 50 years since the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip came under Israeli control.
The proposal must pass another round of ratification set for May 8th before it can become an official decision. However, given the council's composition, the chances are good that the proposal will be passed with a large majority, as it was unanimously approved in the subcommittee.
The Dublin City Council is controlled by Sinn Féin and other leftwing parties that are traditionally anti-Israel.
The initiator of the proposal, which is sure to cause international tension, is a pro-Palestinian local councilman named John Lyons.
Lyons, who has also organized pro-Palestinian protests in Ireland in the past, explained that he initiated the proposal as a gesture of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
"The Irish people have held large demonstrations to support the Palestinians in recent years. Israel is an apartheid regime. If raising the flag was to cause a bit of a debate amongst some people who are unsure of it flying over City Hall, I think that's a welcome development. I think that today more and more people think that the way Israel behaves drastically undermines the cause of its establishment."
In response, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said, "If the Dublin City Council approves the decision, it is actually raising a white flag of surrender to terrorist organizations, hate and extortion. This is a hostile decision that first and foremost hurts the decent citizens of Dublin and marks the city with the stain of shame."
(Translated and edited by Fred Goldberg)