Germany allows Hamas flags, prohibits Israeli flags

Gateway Pundit notes that a German court has okayed the flying of Hamas flags, which makes sense from a free-speech perspective, but at the same time:

German police officials in the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf, located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, prohibited pro-Israeli supporters from displaying Israeli flags.

During an anti-Israeli demonstration organized by the radical Islamic group, Milli Görüs, which attracted 10,000 protesters last Saturday in Duisburg, two police officers stormed the apartment of a 25-year-old student and his 26-year-old girlfriend and seized Israeli flags hanging on the balcony and inside a window.

The hostile crowd pelted stones and other objects at the flags.

A video that appears on YouTube shows an angry crowd in front of the apartment house and the police forcibly seizing the Israeli flags. The confiscation of the flags was greeted by cheers from the anti-Israeli protesters. . .

When asked if the Duisburg police plan to confiscate Israeli flags from supporters who demonstrate against an anti-Israeli protest slated for this coming Saturday, Ramon van der Maat, a Duisburg police spokesman, told The Jerusalem Post that, “we have to see what is expected” at the protest, adding, “It depends on the situation and one cannot, across the board” say that Israeli flags will be permitted.

You might think that Germany would be a little more sensitive about this sort of thing.

(Via Instapundit.)

2 Responses to Germany allows Hamas flags, prohibits Israeli flags

  1. Only a stupid provocateur would expect to sail untouched while hailing the terrorist state of Israel … the German officers were actually intervening to keep those stupid Israel-firsters out of harm’s way …

  2. K. Crary says:

    Interesting perspective. Why exactly isn’t it free speech to fly a flag in the window of your home?

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