Dublin council decides to fly Palestinian flag over city hall next month

Israel sharply condemned a Dublin city council decision to fly the Palestinian flag above the capital’s city hall next month in solidarity with the Palestinian people “living under brutal occupation.”

“If the Dublin municipality approves the decision, it will essentially be waving a white flag of surrender to terrorist organisations, hatred and extortion,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told the Ynet news site.

“This is a hostile decision that affects first and foremost the decent citizens of Dublin, and also places a stain of shame on the city,” he added.

A Dublin city council subcommittee passed the motion to fly the Palestinian flag over City Hall for a month starting May 15, following a proposal by John Lyons of the far-left People Before Profit Alliance, in order to mark 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

While it will still need to go before the full council on May 8 before the motion is passed, the current composition of the legislative body suggests that it is unlikely to face any hurdles.

The Dublin city council is largely populated with members of the Sinn Fein and other left-wing parties, which have traditionally been anti-Israel.

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