An Israeli flag flew above the North Andover Town Common for a month following the barbaric Oct. 7th Hamas terrorist attack against innocent Israeli civilians, but the petition to raise the Palestinian (Hamas) flag above the Town Common was met with outrage by the Jewish community.
WCVB (h/t Jamey B) Police had to escort several people out of the school auditorium for shouting others down during the meeting in an attempt to keep the discussion civil.
“To many of us, it represents an attempted genocide of the Jewish people,” said Rabbi Idan Irelander of Congregation Avahat Olam. “The Israeli flag was flown in support for an American ally who experienced massacre, unlike the Palestinian flag that, to many of us represents — again, I’m sorry — Hamas.”
According to a message from Town Manager Melissa Rodrigues, the May 2022 ruling by the Supreme Court in the case of Shurtleff v. Boston precluded the town from prohibiting a flag from being flown based on its content, its meaning or its message.