(Breitbart) Iraq’s parliament voted unanimously to criminalize displaying the Israeli flag in public, likely in response to September’s Kurdish independence referendum for which Israel expressed open support.
Kurds waved Israeli flags at numerous rallies in a show of appreciation to the Jewish state, which was the only country to support the motion. When late dictator Saddam Hussein was in power, Israel publicly supported Kurdish uprisings.
According to the Washington Post, Iraqi and Iranian officials have voiced their suspicions that the Kurdish independence movement was orchestrated by Israel in order to expedite Iraq’s breakup.
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Shiite lawmaker Hamid al-Khudary said he introduced the motion to reactivate a lapsed law banning “the Zionist entity flag,” which he said is a “dangerous phenomenon.”