Bet Shemesh Residents Hang Flags After City Doesn’t


israeli-flagsResidents of Beit Shemesh have strung up Israeli flags down a central Beit Shemesh thoroughfare for Yom Haatzmaut because, they say, the municipality refused to do so.

Although many streets throughout Beit Shemesh have been festooned with flags and bunting, Rechov Herzog, which runs directly between the chareidi  neighborhood of Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet and the more modern neighborhood of Givat Sharet, was not included in the  street decorations.

The municipality does not hang flags inside the city’s charedi neighborhoods at all.

According to Dov Lipman, an official in the Beit Shemesh Municipality said that there was no point putting flags along the streets since extremists would simply burn them.

Herzog Street has become something of a fault line.

{Yair Israel}


  1. “Dov Lipman” has rabbinic ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, Maryland. Please address him with the appropriate respect.

  2. if any real kanoyim wish to burn flags, they should buy their own. The Satmar Rebbe zya strongly disciplined some boys from his yeshivah who stole an israeli flag from a shul in williamsburg once, and he went to the shul to apologize. he made it clear that he remained an anti-zionist, but anti-zionism does not justify geneivah. if the government or private individuals put up flags, we cannot take them down, as it is geneivah, unless the flags are declared hefker.