North Andover, Massachusetts, officers authorised a allow Monday, permitting a Palestinian flag to be flown on the North Andover Town Common, in response to experiences.
Boston 25 News reported that the black, white, crimson and inexperienced flag was raised Tuesday morning and can stay in place till Dec. 7.
Residents attended a board assembly that needed to be rescheduled due to reported “threats of litigation as well as public safety concerns,” each in favor and opposition of the flag being placed on show on city property.
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One resident, Salma Boulal, attended the assembly and stated if Israel will get to fly its flag within the North Andover widespread, Palestinians deserve the identical proper, the information station reported.
To guarantee order was upheld, police had been current on the assembly in giant numbers.
Town Manager Melissa Rodrigues reportedly stated an software to fly the flag was submitted to the city Oct. 16, about six hours earlier than city officers up to date its coverage on flying flags.
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Prior to the change, the coverage allowed a city resident to use to fly a flag in town’s flagpole.
Rodrigues stated the appliance resulted within the flagpole being thought of for a public discussion board, although the topic of a flag can’t be thought of when reviewing an software offered beneath the previous coverage.
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Under the brand new coverage, using the flagpole is proscribed to statements of governmental speech, the station reported, which fits together with a U.S. Supreme Court resolution in Shurtleff v. Boston.
“According to the decision in the Shurtleff case, the Town may not prohibit a flag to be flown based on its content, its meaning or its message,” Rodrigues wrote. “This limitation on the Select Board’s discretion indicates that denial of a resident’s flag application under the prior policy places the Town in jeopardy of legal action.”
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The information station additionally reported that the city has allowed an Israeli flag to fly within the Town Common since early October, when Hamas launched an assault on Israel.
North Andover is not the one Massachusetts city to OK elevating the Palestinian flag within the public sq.. Last week, the state’s second-largest metropolis, Worcester, flew the Palestinian flag in entrance of City Hall, in response to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
And like in North Andover, the Israeli flag had a week-long run in Worcester final month after the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist assaults in Israel.