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Israel and Palestinians in flag furore amid ban move

Israel's parliament has voted in favour of a controversial bill which could see the display of "enemy flags" - including the Palestinian one - being outlawed at state-funded institutions.

The Knesset approved the legislation in its preliminary reading, with 63 votes for and 16 against. Three further votes are needed for it to become law.

A furore over flags had already reached new heights on Wednesday with a giant billboard showing a Palestinian flag - put up by an Israeli pressure group - being removed from a skyscraper just outside Tel Aviv, while an Israeli one remained in place.


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