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Scottish parliament won’t fly Israel flag

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“In this case there was a majority view and no vote took place,” they added.

The Israeli flag was projected onto the U.K.’s House of Commons building in London, as well as on No. 10 Downing Street, the office of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

The Telegraph newspaper reported that the Scottish body had also rejected calls to light the parliament in the blue and white of Israel’s flag.

The decision came as Scottish Green MSP Maggie Chapman — who is one of the five MSPs on the SPCB committee that made the call — came under fire over a controversial post on X, formerly Twitter, about the conflict.

Though Chapman is only a backbench lawmaker, the left-wing Greens are in government with the ruling Scottish National Party as a junior partner.

“What’s happening in #Palestine is a consequence of #Apartheid, of illegal occupation … of imperial aggression by the Israel state. Palestinian civilians have seen their homes destroyed, their water stolen & their land appropriated illegally,” she posted, adding “#GazaUnderAttack” and “#VivaPalestine.”

In a follow-up post Wednesday, Chapman said she “condemns wholeheartedly” the “killing of innocent civilians by Hamas & Israel.”

Donald Cameron, the opposition Scottish Conservatives’ external affairs spokesperson, criticized both Chapman and the parliamentary board. “It’s perhaps not surprising the parliament’s corporate body rejected the reasonable proposal of my colleague Sandesh Gulhane, given that Maggie Chapman herself sits on that very body,” he said.

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