Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Palestinian Flag Flies in Downtown Fresno Following Weeks of Controversy
Eric_martinez_staff_photo
By Eric Martinez
Published 4 months ago on
December 9, 2023

Share

The Palestinian flag was raised at city-owned Eaton Plaza in downtown Fresno on Friday. The ceremony came nearly two months after the raising of the Israeli flag in the same location, and followed weeks of complaints from community members who said the city was valuing the lives of Israelis over Palestinians in the Gaza conflict.

“My God does not make a distinction between the loss of an innocent Jewish life and the loss of an innocent Palestinian life, and neither shall our city” said Fresno City Councilmember Miguel Arias, who sponsored the event on behalf of community organizers.

“For any hurt that … was caused by the delayed flag-raising that has taken place today, I’m sorry if it has made you feel marginalized these past few weeks,” Arias said.

The Israeli flag-raising took place days after attacks by militants from Hamas-controlled Gaza killed nearly 1,200 people in Israeli border towns. Hamas also took approximately 240 hostages back to Gaza. Since then, Israel’s military response has resulted in more than 15,000 deaths in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to Gazan health officials. Israel’s military estimates that it has killed several thousand Hamas fighters.

Many in the large crowd on hand for the ceremony, including Arias, wore the symbolic Palestinian keffiyeh scarf. Several people also held signs supporting the Palestinian cause and waved Palestinian flags.

Yasir Amireh of the Palestinian Freedom Project, criticized Mayor Jerry Dyer for his comments at the Israeli flag-raising event, which he said, “let us down.” In criticizing Dyer, Amireh also challenged Israel’s legitimacy.

“(Dyer) called us criminals, un-American, and was just disrespectful as he was raising the flag of the illegal state of Israel.”

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Whitey Herzog, Hall of Fame Manager Who Led Cardinals to 1980s Success, Dies at 92

DON'T MISS

Coalinga-Huron Teachers Say They’ll Strike Unless a Fair Contract Is Offered

DON'T MISS

Coalition: CA Lawmakers Need to Roll Back Proposed ‘Utility Tax’

DON'T MISS

CA’s High Construction Costs Limit Housing. A Supreme Court Decision Might Help

DON'T MISS

Now’s the Time to Register for FUSD’s Free Preschool and T-K

DON'T MISS

‘Hopeville’ Literacy Documentary Showing Tonight at Roosevelt High

DON'T MISS

Michigan Faces Probation for Football Recruiting Violations; Case vs. Jim Harbaugh Pending

DON'T MISS

What Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse Can Tell Us About the Public Domain and Remix Culture

DON'T MISS

Acquisition of Historic Fresno Real Estate Brand Creates Area’s Largest Brokerage

DON'T MISS

Wall Street’s Mixed Trading Day

UP NEXT

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

UP NEXT

Community Leaders Call for Transparency in Fresno Superintendent Search

UP NEXT

Bob Nelson Breaks Silence on Fresno Unified Superintendent Search

UP NEXT

Fresno Unified Trustees Expand Superintendent Search to Include External Candidates

UP NEXT

Wired Wednesday: Fresno Businesses in Crosshairs of $80M Underpass Project

UP NEXT

Expert Chris Kameir Sheds Light on Digital Finance on Crypto The WonderDog Show

UP NEXT

Central Octane: Inside the Factory Where the Porsche 911 Is Built

UP NEXT

Wired Wednesday: Where is Fresno’s Promised Cannabis Tax Commission?

UP NEXT

A Look Behind the Scenes at Oxotic Supercars Bass Lake Run

UP NEXT

Educational Trafficking?

Eric Martinez,
Digital Cinematographer
Eric joined GV Wire in late 2023 as a Digital Cinematographer. He came with prior experience in Videography in both Fresno State University and Freelance Videography. His Bachelors in Film and Media Arts was received in May 2023. He has a passion for film, travelling, and fitness. You can contact him at (559) 570-0846.

CA’s High Construction Costs Limit Housing. A Supreme Court Decision Might Help

9 hours ago

Now’s the Time to Register for FUSD’s Free Preschool and T-K

Local Education /

9 hours ago

‘Hopeville’ Literacy Documentary Showing Tonight at Roosevelt High

Local Education /

9 hours ago

Michigan Faces Probation for Football Recruiting Violations; Case vs. Jim Harbaugh Pending

10 hours ago

What Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse Can Tell Us About the Public Domain and Remix Culture

10 hours ago

Acquisition of Historic Fresno Real Estate Brand Creates Area’s Largest Brokerage

Breaking News /

10 hours ago

Wall Street’s Mixed Trading Day

11 hours ago

It’s ‘Signing Day’ for These Clovis Unified Youngsters

Local Education /

11 hours ago

Clovis Armed Robbery and Pursuit Result in 3 Arrests, 1 Suspect Still at Large

11 hours ago

Charges Against Trump and Jan. 6 Rioters at Stake as Supreme Court Hears Debate Over Obstruction Law

11 hours ago

Whitey Herzog, Hall of Fame Manager Who Led Cardinals to 1980s Success, Dies at 92

NEW YORK — Whitey Herzog, the gruff and ingenious Hall of Fame manager who guided the St. Louis Cardinals to three pennants and a World Seri...

4 hours ago

4 hours ago

Whitey Herzog, Hall of Fame Manager Who Led Cardinals to 1980s Success, Dies at 92

4 hours ago

Coalinga-Huron Teachers Say They’ll Strike Unless a Fair Contract Is Offered

7 hours ago

Coalition: CA Lawmakers Need to Roll Back Proposed ‘Utility Tax’

9 hours ago

CA’s High Construction Costs Limit Housing. A Supreme Court Decision Might Help

Local Education /
9 hours ago

Now’s the Time to Register for FUSD’s Free Preschool and T-K

Local Education /
9 hours ago

‘Hopeville’ Literacy Documentary Showing Tonight at Roosevelt High

10 hours ago

Michigan Faces Probation for Football Recruiting Violations; Case vs. Jim Harbaugh Pending

10 hours ago

What Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse Can Tell Us About the Public Domain and Remix Culture

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend