Nazi flag flying high in Palestinian town

Flying Nazi flag in PA controlled Beit Umar. Photo Credit: Ziv Edelstein / News 4

Flying Nazi flag in PA controlled Beit Umar. Photo Credit: Ziv Edelstein / News 4

Israel National News and Israel’s Channel 4 are both reporting  that  Israelis motorists driving by the Palestinian Authority controlled village of Beit Umar were shocked by the sight of the Nazi flag flying high above the village. This is the second time in five months that the town has flown the swastika above a highly trafficked highway that runs by Beit Umar, near Hevron.

Israel National News – For at least the second time in five months, Arab residents of Beit Umar in the Palestinian Authority (PA) have placed a Nazi flag over a major thoroughfare where Jews pass in their vehicles. Beit Umar is located between Halhoul and the Etzion Bloc, not far from Hevron. Soldiers from the Haruv battalion in Kfir Regiment tried to take down the flag Saturday, but encountered difficulty because it was placed very high up. A similar event took place at Beit Umar in May, when hundreds of residentsof Gush Etzion who drove down Highway 60 were astounded to see an oversized Nazi flag flying next to a mosque in the Arab town.
In a nation founded under the shadow of the Holocaust such displays do little to reassure Israelis of Palestinian good intentions as Peace talks are underway in Washington DC.   Additionally, incidents such as this do much to discredit the denial by anti-Israel activists of a confluence of  anti-Zionism and anti-Semtism. It is ironic that while anti-Israel activists revel in conflating Zionism and Nazism, it is the Palestinians for whom they advocate that proudly fly the Nazi flag,


While the flying Palestinian swastika was covered in Israeli media and television as well as in the Conservative blogosphere, at the time of this posting no mainstream English language news outlet other than Israel National News (INN) is reporting on this crude provocation.
We suspect that the lack of interest by International news outlets in Palestinians taunting Israelis with the symbol of their Nazi oppressors has much to do with the incongruity between this obscene act and the narrative of oppression that the Western media has so embraced.