University heads denounce bill banning Palestinian flag

Israeli university chiefs on Thursday 25 May blasted a coalition law bill set to be discussed in the upcoming cabinet meeting that would outlaw waving the Palestinian national flag anywhere in Israel, alleging that if it passes, it would trigger a “wave of academic boycotts of Israeli institutions all around the world”, reports The Times of Israel.

The president of Tel Aviv University, Ariel Porat, went further in a separate statement, saying that if the bill passes, he will not enforce the law’s clause mandating the permanent expulsion of students who wave the Palestinian flag.

The bill, sponsored by MK Limor Son Har-Melech of the far-right Otzma Yehudit party and which passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset last week, would make it illegal to wave the flag of an entity that is hostile to Israel. Explanatory notes say it seeks to establish “reciprocity” by banning the flags of entities that likewise prohibit the Israeli national banner.
Full report on The Times of Israel site