A Massachusetts city raised the Palestinian flag over their widespread on Tuesday after a ‘fairly heated’ debate amongst residents.
North Andover, dwelling to 31,000 individuals residing 20 miles north of Boston, has flown the Israeli flag since quickly after the Hamas terror assault of October 7.
Some locals wished to fly the Palestinian flag as nicely, within the pursuits of equity.
Others noticed it as ‘a logo of hate’, mentioned Brian Buzby.
A city assembly was held on Monday evening, which noticed 600 individuals cram into the assembly room to take turns talking for 3 minutes – with passionate arguments on each side.
The Palestinian flag was raised above North Andover’s city widespread on Tuesday
The flag was raised after a ‘heated’ assembly on Monday evening
Residents of North Andover are seen on Monday evening lining as much as converse in favor or towards flying the Palestinian flag. Every particular person was given three minutes, and remarks have been restricted to an hour
Some individuals wanted to be faraway from the room, and at instances individuals chanted slogans together with ‘From the river to the ocean’ – which Israelis say advocates the erasing of their nation.
The assembly had been scheduled for final week, however was postponed attributable to ‘threats of litigation in addition to public security considerations’.
Buzby mentioned he was in favor of the Palestinian flag flying, saying his spouse’s sister-in-law had misplaced 14 members of her household in Gaza for the reason that warfare began – 4 of them youngsters.
Buzby mentioned the assembly was tense.
‘It was fairly heated,’ he informed Boston 25 Information.
‘There are those who have a look at the Palestinian flag as a logo of hate.’
Brian Buzby mentioned he supported the request to fly the Palestinian flag over North Andover city widespread
Salma Boula, who additionally attended, to the channel there was ‘lots of rigidity, lots of opposition.’
She supported the proposal to fly the Palestinian flag.
‘If Israel will get their flag to fly within the North Andover widespread then Palestinians deserve that very same proper,’ she mentioned.
There was a big police presence on the assembly as a precaution.
The proposal to fly the Palestinian flag was submitted on October 16 – hours earlier than the city up to date its insurance policies, according to a U.S. Supreme Courtroom resolution.
Beneath the brand new insurance policies, now in place, Melissa Rodrigues, the city supervisor – North Andover doesn’t have a mayor, mentioned flags may now not be flown.
However because the request was made underneath the outdated coverage, it went to a board vote, and the city didn’t wish to face litigation by denying the request.
Marc Freedman, president of the Congregation Ahavat Olam in North Andover, informed Fox Information Digital he was disgusted and horrified by the choice.
‘The city was a coward,’ Freedman mentioned.
‘I do not imagine the flag ought to have been raised as a result of in the present day it’s a image of hatred and antisemitism.’
North Andover residents are seen on Monday evening streaming out of the board assembly
North Andover will not be alone in Massachusetts in elevating the Palestinian flag within the public sq..
The state’s second-largest metropolis, Worcester, flew the flag in entrance of Metropolis Corridor, in response to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
North Andover’s consultant within the Home of Representatives, Seth Moulton, has mentioned the Israel–Hamas warfare would ‘in all probability’ not have begun had Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not been in energy.
Moulton mentioned Netanyahu was a ‘complete catastrophe’, however mentioned he didn’t again requires a ceasefire in Gaza, saying it will solely give Hamas extra time to regroup.
Moulton, an ex-Marine who served 4 excursions in Iraq, and sits on the Home Armed Companies Committee, informed Mass Reside on Monday that he wished extra humanitarian pauses, to permit for hostages to be launched and civilians evacuated.