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Iraq criminalises flying Israel flag

Iraqi parliament in session [World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr]

The Iraqi parliament voted today to criminalise the flying of the Israeli flag in the country, Iraq’s Alsumaria reported.

The move came at the request of the Shiite leader of the parliament’s Citizen Bloc, Ammar Al-Hakim, after the Israeli banners appeared at several Kurdish rallies aftermath of the independence referendum which took place on 25 September.

Iraqi MP, Abbas Al-Bayati, told Alsumaria that “the House of Representatives voted on the unanimously voted a decision to criminalise all who raise the flag of the Israeli entity in the public.”

The decision, Al-Bayati added, will be referred to the government to decide on the law’s punishment duration.

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Recently, photos of the Israeli flags raised during a number of pro-independence rallies in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and across Europe were circulated across various social media platforms.

The Kurdish government has responded stressing that lifting the flags “does not express its official stance towards the Jewish state.”

Israel has been among the only countries to openly support an independent Kurdish state, and many Kurds have welcomed the support, drawing accusations from Arab leaders that the referendum was a Zionist plot.

The referendum was fiercely opposed by Turkey as it has threatened sanctions against the region. It was also considered “invalid” by Iran and Iraq.

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  • nooraza othman

    Note: I’m having a hard time now posing in this website due to ZioNazi Goo*le!

    BRAVO Iraqi Govt. and Iraqi Indigenous Muslims/Orthodox Catholics!

    The rogue colonial TERRORIST Zionist regime of ISrael was built on the mass murder/rape/land-property robbery of the Indigenous Palestinian Muslim/Orthodox Catholics!

    And Zionism, a racist, supremacist and fascist political ideology is NOT about Judaism, the religion!

    At – Grace Halsell: courageous truthseeker and de-bunker of, Christian Zionist doctrine (this has been blocked at many sites at ZioNa*i Google; try another search engine)

    By Stuart Littlewood

    The People’s Voice

    Aug 16, 2012; and

    at – Judaism And Zionism Are Not The Same Thing (also censored by Google)

    Neturei Karta International; and at –

    Christian Zionism: The Heresy that Undermines Middle East Peace: Christian Zionism is the largest, most controversial and most destructive lobby within Christianity. It bears primary responsibility for perpetuating tensions in the Middle East, justifying Israel’s apartheid colonialist agenda and for undermining the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians

    By Rev Dr Stephen Sizer

    Information Clearing House.

    • Helen4Yemen

      ZIONISM = JUDAISM

      Exodus 33:2-3 It is a land rich with milk and honey, and I will send an angel to force out those people who live there—the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. I would go with my people, but they are so rebellious that I would destroy them before they get there.

      Exodus 34:11 I will force out the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, but you must do what I command you today.

      Exodus 34:24 I will force the nations out of your land and enlarge your borders. Then no one will try to take your property when you come to worship me these three times each year.

      Numbers 32:21 You also agreed to cross the Jordan and stay with the rest of the Israelites, until the Lord forces our enemies out of the land.

      Numbers 33:52 you must force out the people living there. Destroy their idols and tear down their altars.

      Numbers 33:55 If you don’t force out all the people there, they will be like pointed sticks in your eyes and thorns in your back. They will always be trouble for you,

      Deuteronomy 7:2 the Lord will force them out of the land. Then you must destroy them without mercy. Don’t make any peace treaties with them,

      Deuteronomy 7:22 As you attack these nations, the Lord will force them out little by little.

      Deuteronomy 9:1 Moses said: Israel, listen to me! You will soon cross the Jordan River and go into the land to force out the nations that live there.

      Joshua 3:10 The Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites control the land on the other side of the river. But the living God will be with you and will force them out of the land when you attack. And now, God is going to prove that he’s powerful enough to force them out.

      2 Chronicles 20:7 Our God, you forced out the nations who lived in this land before your people Israel came here, and you gave it to the descendants of your friend Abraham forever.

      Numbers 33:55 If you don’t force out all the people there, they will be like pointed sticks in your eyes and thorns in your back. They will always be trouble for you, 56 and I will treat you as cruelly as I planned on treating them.

    • Helen4Yemen

      Torah, Zionism and Palestine – by Edwin M Wright

      https://worldpeace365.files.wordpress.COM/2015/11/torah-zionism-and-israel.pdf

    • Helen4Yemen

      ZIONISM = JUDAISM

      Instructions for Conquering Canaan

      Numbers 33:50 The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying: 51 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: When you are crossing over Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 then you will drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their carved images, and destroy all their molded images, and destroy all their high places, 53 and you will drive out the inhabitants of the land and dwell in it, because I have given you the land to inherit it. 54 You will possess the land by lot for an inheritance among your families, and to the larger you will give the larger inheritance, and to the smaller you will give the smaller inheritance. Every man’s inheritance will be in the place where his lot falls. By the tribes of your fathers you will inherit.

      Numbers 33:55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those whom you let remain will be like thorns in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will show hostility to you in the land in which you live. 56 And what I had planned to do to them, I will do to you.

    • Helen4Yemen

      ZIONISM = JUDAISM

      The Jews’ God, as a real estate agent of the Jews. This is directions for ‘Greater Israel’

      The Borders of Canaan

      Numbers 34 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 Command the children of Israel, and say to them: When you are going into the land of Canaan, this is the land that will fall to you for an inheritance, the land of Canaan with its borders.

      3 Then your south side will be from the Wilderness of Zin along by the border of Edom, and your south border will be the end of the Dead Sea to the east. 4 And your border will turn from the south to the Ascent of Akrabbim, and continue to Zin, and the end of it will be from the south to Kadesh Barnea. Then it will continue to Hazar Addar, and pass on to Azmon. 5 And the border will circle around from Azmon to the Brook of Egypt, and the end of it will be at the Mediterranean Sea.

      6 For the western border, you will have the Mediterranean Sea and its coastline. This will be your western border.

      7 This will be your northern border: From the Mediterranean Sea you will mark a line to Mount Hor; 8 from Mount Hor you will mark a line of your border to Lebo Hamath, and the limits of the border will be to Zedad. 9 And the border will go on to Ziphron, and the limits of it will be at Hazar Enan. This will be your northern border.

      10 You will mark a line for your eastern border from Hazar Enan to Shepham. 11 And the border will go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain, and the border will go down and will reach the side of the Sea of Kinnereth to the east. 12 And the border will go down to the Jordan, and the limits of it will be at the Dead Sea.

    • Helen4Yemen

      These ultra-Orthodox Jews do not care about the Palestinian suffering and hardly mention any of the atrocities committed against the Palestinians. Their issue is that the timing is wrong. It’s because they believe that Israel, as a Jewish entity, must happen by the hand of God and not through the acts of man. They too believe Palestine is where their ancestry is from and they need to return. Most people believe that these Jews are doing it out of concern for the Palestinians. NO!

    • Helen4Yemen

      a) Do the members of Neturei Karta believe they are Israelite? Yes, of course!
      b) Do they wish to “return” to Palestine? Yes, of course!
      c) In their mind, the timing is wrong.

    • Helen4Yemen

      I dare you to tell me anything about Zionism that is not derived from the OT?

      • nooraza othman

        Get lost uFOOL!

  • kirby1

    All the more reason to demand an independent Kurdish state be formed.

  • Helen4Yemen

    The Zionist State Has No Right to Exist

    Justin Keating on Israel

    The Dubliner, November 2005

    I have a tree in Israel, and I once had a certificate to prove it. In about 1950 a lady from a Zionist organisation planted it for my support of the Zionist Youth Movement in Ireland. But it is all so long ago that it has probably been cut down by now, and I have lost the certificate. At the time, like many young Europeans with left-wing views, as the full horrors of Nazi genocide became known, I supported the new state. But now I have totally changed my mind.

    I have reached the conclusion that the Zionists have absolutely no right in what they call Israel, that they have built their state not beside but on top of the Palestinian people, and that there can be no peace as long as contemporary Israel retains its present form. I hasten to make clear that none of this gives me any pleasure, but in the great scheme of things my personal wishes do not weigh heavily in the scale pans of history. I wish I did not think what I do, I hope I am wrong. My conclusions are based on the answers to five questions.

    1- Did the Jews of the Old Testament come from what is now Israel? The answer is No.

    2- Are the Jews of the world today simply the descendants of the people of the Diaspora two thousand years ago? The answer is, only in part.

    3- Does the right of return apply to people who occupied some land two thousand years ago for a historically brief period, to the detriment of those who have been there since? Obviously no. Imagine a world where every people claimed that right.

    4- Did the Balfour Declaration give the Zionists the right to establish a state in Israel? The answer is no. At the time the British Government had no right to give.

    5- Did the United Nations Resolution of November 1947 give Zionists the right to establish the present state of Israel? The answer is no, and they have continuously and relentlessly violated that resolution for more than half a century, so that any tatters that now remain are void, by their action.

    I want briefly to look at each point separately. Some of what I say is taken from a book called My People by Abba Eban, who was Israeli Foreign Minister. He says the Hebrew Tribes came out of Mesopotamia. They moved from Ur in southwest Mesopotamia to Haran, in northwest Mesopotamia. It was here that Abraham was told, by the God that the Jews had invented to leave his land and kinsmen for a new country. Obedient to the divine voice, he moved into western Palestine, the land of the Canaanites. The above is loosely but accurately quoted from Eban. It follows that the Jews came from far away, that they claimed the land of Canaan because their God gave it to them, and there were Canaanites there already. Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948 states, “The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people.” This was a self serving and untruthful Zionist myth.

    My second point is that the assumption that the Jews of the world (all of whom claim the right of return) are descendants of the Diaspora takes no account of the Kingdom of the Khazars, about whom Arthur Koestler wrote a book arguing that he and other Ashkanazi Jews were their descendents. Also, it assumes that no Jewish girl ever got pregnant (over 2,000 years) by a non-Jew, and brought the child home to her parents, and it also forgets that the converted wives or husbands who were born non-Jewish can, on conversion, claim the right of return.

    Point three: At the time of the Balfour Declaration, the Ottoman Empire, which was the ruling power in Palestine, was falling apart, but the British Government had no rights in the area. The Declaration was made to a private person, the head of the Rothschild family, and while Balfour was promising the Jews a nation home in Palestine, T.E. Lawrence was promising the same thing to Palestinian Arabs. In law and in equity it has no validity.

    Finally, when the United Nations passed its historic resolution (with Britain abstaining) it was a plan for partition. What was new and crucial was that it recognized Jewish sovereignty. The flight of the ignorant Palestinian peasants was founded on such atrocities as the massacre at Deir Yasin where Zionist terrorists filled the well with slaughtered peasants, and went to adjoining villages saying, “Look what happened over there.” In addition, there were bogus broadcasts purporting to come from Palestinian leaders, advising flight. The Jewish-Arab partnership, pleaded for so eloquently by David Ben Gurion -“based on equality and mutual assistance,” to quote his words – was from the beginning a lie which Zionist fundamentalists did not believe

    Those same fundamentalists, who are in the ascendant now, can only say, “We are here because our God gave it to us.” That is too weak for me I’m afraid.

    All of this is a huge tragedy for ordinary Zionist people, who have been led up a blind alley by fanatics. But it is more. Jews have made an immense contribution to civilization, developing as they were between the great empires of Mesopotamia and the Nile, with both of which they had intimate contact, and by which they wanted to avoid being swallowed. They developed a religion and an ethos based on independence, liberty and democracy to which we all owe a debt. That religion is based on the twin concepts of Law and Righteousness, which inspired over the millennia extraordinary contributions to culture and morality. All admirable. In Israel/Palestine, where are they now?

    Zionists have betrayed all of this, and that is a tragedy not just for Jews, but for all of us.

  • Helen4Yemen

    Larry David = 97.7% Ashkenazi

    Bernie Sanders = 97.8% Ashkenazi

    The only cousin of an Ashkenazi is another Ashkenazi. It is amazing how the DNA results of the Ashkenazi are almost identical to one another. Watch this video the moment when Larry David and Bernie Sanders were told they are cousins.

    https://youtu.BE/nhU45VFd3Sk

  • Helen4Yemen

    But excuse me: anyone seen with the flag of the fake Israelite will be reduced to Ashes in most Arab and Muslim countries. Why do you need a law since the public will the take the law into its hands at the sight of the repulsive flag of the
    fake lily-white Israelite?

  • DEADP00L

    VERY well done. Israel will answer for all its crimes now that Iraq has quantifiable proof of collaboration and backing of ISIS and other militias that sought to destroy Iraq.

  • Sadly, Israel is still hated by most of the Middle East. 🙁

    • Helen4Yemen

      Why is that sadly? Are they not a foreign people who seized land by force?