Manchester, U.K., Council to Debate Proposal to Fly Palestinian Flag

City Hall 'should fly the Palestinian flag, for one day as an expression of solidarity with the more than 400 children killed in Gaza.' a petition says.

AFP

The Manchester, U.K., City Council this week is set to debate whether to fly the Palestinian flag from City Hall in response to a petition drive.

The petition was launched last summer, during Israel's Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza. It closed in December and was recently given to the council for consideration, the Manchester Evening News reported.

More than 2,500 people signed the petition. The council's protocols require it to debate such a proposition if more than 1,000 people request it, the paper reported.

“Manchester city council should fly the Palestinian flag, for one day as an expression of solidarity with the more than 400 children killed in Gaza," the petition says, according to the paper.

The petition has drawn some objections, which suggest that flying the flag could raise tensions in the city and prompt anti-Semitic incidents, the paper reported.

In July, Lancashire county council flew the flag at its headquarters in solidarity with the people of Gaza. The flag was quickly removed after an outcry, the paper reported.