Dublin's City Hall to Reportedly Fly Palestinian Flag in Gesture of Solidarity

Last month Israeli ambassador warned Jerusalem that Ireland is close to recognizing Palestine.

Israeli Arabs wave Palestinian flags during a Land Day protest in Arraba, northern Israel, March 30, 2017.
Gil Eliahu

Dublin will fly the Palestinian flag over City Hall for a month starting May 15 in show of solidarity, the Irish Independent reported on Monday. 

The motion, reportedly passed by Dublin's City Council on Thursday, was proposed by People Before Profit Councilor John Lyons.

"If the flag was to cause a bit of a debate amongst some people who are unsure of it flying over City Hall I think that's a welcome development," Lyons was quoted as saying by the Irish Independent.

"I think the gesture itself is a symbolic one, the flying of the flag. I think more and more people are of the opinion that the very state of Israel and how it's behaving in an extreme manner is actually destabilizing its cause and argument.

"I think it's opening more people's eyes just to the actual reality of the daily life of Palestinians living under occupation which is a brutal life really," he said.

Lyon's motion said that the flag will fly "as a gesture of our solidarity with the people of Palestine living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, with the Palestinian citizens of Israel denied basic democratic rights and with the over 7 million displaced Palestinians denied the right of return to their homeland."

Last month Israel’s ambassador to Ireland, Zeev Boker, cabled a warning to Jerusalem that the Irish government was soon likely to recognize Palestine as a state.

An official noted that Boker proposed working now to block the move, both by asking the new U.S. administration to pressure Ireland to avoid recognizing Palestine and by having Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu call his Irish counterpart Enda Kenny to discuss the issue.

In December 2014, the Irish parliament passed a declarative resolution calling on the government to recognize Palestine. A few weeks afterward Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan said Dublin was considering it. Ireland is considered one of the leading critics in Europe of Israel’s policies in the territories. Nevertheless, two years have passed and Ireland hasn’t taken this step.

In June 2016 Irish MP Darragh O’Brien submitted a resolution calling on Dublin to expedite the recognition of Palestine. Recently O’Brien has intensified his actions in the Irish media and in parliament to bring the resolution to a vote.