Israel's Selective Enforcement of Flag Desecration Offenses Is Based on Sentiment

Flag desecration accepted when protesting Shalit deal, but leads to arrest when protesting occupation. Ultra-Orthodox protesters dancing on flag could be sentenced to community service; an Arab who burns a plastic flag is arrested.

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The Israel Police’s intention to file an indictment against artist Natali Cohen Vaxberg for an offense under the Flag Law raises questions about the correct balance between respecting national symbols and...