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Monday, August 04, 2008

Burning a flag lands PalArabs in jail

Several Palestinian Arabs were fined and sentenced to a year in jail for burning a flag.

There isn't much outrage over this, though, because it was the Jordanian flag that they were burning, after a soccer match last April.

The match was between a team that had many Palestinian Arab players against one that had Jordanian players. This wasn't even a political statement; it was simply the normal actions of fanatic Jordanian sports fans.

Don't hold your breath to see if "human rights" organizations will get involved here, though. People who pretend to care about freedom of speech as well as people who pretend to care about Palestinian Arab rights become strangely quiet when the perpetrators are Arab.