Arab MK Proposes to Replace Israel’s Flag and National Anthem

The chairman of Israel’s Balad party, MK Sami Abou Shahadeh, recently called to change the Israeli flag, get rid of the national anthem, and cancel the Law of Return. 

Shahadeh was quoted saying:

"We need to make a serious change in the racist structure that discriminates in favor of the Jews and build a better democratic model."

He was asked in a news interview if he condemned last night’s shooting attack on a bus in Ofra; his response was that “the occupation leads to violence.”

"I think the occupation has a lot of victims and the way to end all this violence is to end the occupation." 

MK Simcha Rotman, from the Religious Zionism party, condemned the statement, saying:

"Section 7A of the Knesset's Basic Law means that he cannot be an MK. Whoever says that the flag and the Law of Return do not suit him, and calls the Jewish state project 'racist,' does not want a Jewish state. A person should not be put in jail for this, but he cannot be a member of the Knesset."

Justin Hilton

Justin Hilton is from Virginia Beach, VA and has lived almost full time in Israel since 2016. He works for HaYovel and The Israel Guys as Studio Producer and Content Manager. He is also an article author, photographer and customer support representative. Once a week, he hosts a show on The Israel Guys network.

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  • That’s absurd. Any citizen of any state in the world is expected to respect that state’s flag and anthem. As for Israel being a racist state, if it were, Mr. Abu Shahadeh would not have been in its parliament because he’s an Arab. Israel takes its tolerance to ridiculous lengths anyway, because a man like that, who belongs to the most Islamist party in the Knesset (and that says something) should not be in the Knesset in the first place. The only reason he is there, is because the anti-Semitic Jews of the Israeli High Court allow it.

    If Mr. Abu Shahadeh doesn’t like Israel’s flag and anthem, he is free to move to any one of the 22 Muslim states and good riddance.

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