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July 26, 2016 11:14 am

Reports: Palestinian Flags Outnumber American Flags at Democratic National Convention

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Palestinian activists hold up the Palestinian flag on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Absent are American flags. Photo. Twitter.

Activists hold up the Palestinian flag on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Photo. Twitter.

Palestinian flags were prominently displayed by activists at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Monday, amid an apparent lack of American flags, according to numerous media and social media postings.

Eye-witness accounts and press coverage of the first day of the DNC pointed out the limited presence of Old Glory.

According to Daily Caller reporter Alex Pfeiffer, “It doesn’t look like there are any American flags. The stage is bland and grey, with no red, white or blue present. A thorough look at the crowd present also turns up no American flags.”

In addition, activists were seen holding up signs reading, “I support Palestinian human rights.”

Twitter users credited activist Ali Akin Kurnaz for initially raising the Palestinian flag at the Democratic Party confab. Kurnaz issued several tweets of his own during the first day of the event, criticizing the Democrats for what he claimed to be a pro-Israel stance:

Conservative bloggers, meanwhile, highlighted additional flag issues during the DNC, such as the party’s capitulation to protesters demanding the removal of the Mississippi state flag, which depicts the Confederate standard. In a video capturing its removal, demonstrators are heard chanting and cheering.

Chris Pandolfo, writing in the Conservative Review, said that as “Democrats in Philadelphia participated in a ‘sit-in’ under the Mississippi state flag…Inside the convention delegates shamelessly waved the Palestinian flag without thinking twice. Oh, the stench of hypocrisy.”

Jim Hoft, of the popular Gateway Pundit blog, criticized a DNC march where “Soviet Union flags were proudly displayed.”

The presence of the Palestinian flag at the DNC comes at a fragile time for pro-Israel Democrats, following major efforts — led by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who competed against and lost to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary — to take a “toughened” stance on Israel.

Writing in +972 magazine on Monday, Arab American Institute president James Zogby — who was appointed by Sanders to the Democratic Platform Committee to push for an increase in party support for Palestinians — slammed the policy-making body for pandering to Israel:

The Democrats’ platform, though weak, is clearly more sober. They, too, find the need to shower excessive unwarranted praise on Israel, claiming that ‘a strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism.’

For their part, the Democrats wrote their language influenced by one of their own billionaires, Haim Saban (a strong BDS opponent, who secured a written anti-BDS pledge from Hillary Clinton), and haunted by their mistaken fear of “losing votes” (their code, not mine, for Jewish voters).

The Democrats’ platform claims to want two states and supports ‘independence, sovereignty, and dignity’ for Palestinians. This aspiration is commendable, but when they reject terming Israeli control over Palestinians an occupation and refuse to call for an end to settlements, they give little hope to Palestinians that action will be taken to fulfill their aspirations.

Delegates at the DNC are expected to formally nominate presumptive presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential pick, Virginia senator Tim Kaine, as the Democratic nominees for this year’s upcoming presidential election.

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  • St8kout

    Yeah, the truth hurts. The dems have all but admitted they are Communists.

  • Louis

    An interesting questionnaire for Palestinian Advocates By Yashiko Sagamori
    If you are so sure that ” Palestine , the country, goes back through most of recorded history,” I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about that country of Palestine :
    When was it founded and by whom?
    What were its borders?
    What was its capital?
    What were its major cities?
    What constituted the basis of its economy?
    What was its form of government?
    Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
    Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
    What was the language of the country of Palestine ?
    What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine ?
    What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.
    And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?
    You are lamenting the “low sinking” of a “once proud” nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that “nation” proud and what was it so proud of?

    And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call “Palestinians” are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over — or thrown out of — the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?
    I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the modern day “Palestinians” to the Biblical Philistines: substituting etymology for history won’t work here.
    The truth should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel ; they still cherish it today. Having time and again failed to achieve their evil goal with military means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy. For that purpose, they created a terrorist organization, cynically called it “the Palestinian people” and installed it in Gaza , Judea, and Samaria . How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan and Egypt to unconditionally accept back the “West Bank” and Gaza , respectively?
    The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged in Connecticut with the purpose of starting a tax-exempt casino: at least that tribe had a constructive goal that motivated them. The so-called “Palestinians” have only one motivation: the destruction of Israel , and in my book that is not sufficient to consider them a nation” — or anything else except what they really are: a terrorist organization that will one day be dismantled.
    In fact, there is only one way to achieve peace in the Middle East . Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war against Israel and, as the losing side should, pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of their terrorist organization from the land of Israel and accepting Israel ‘s ancient sovereignty over Gaza , Judea, and Samaria.
    That will mark the end of the Palestinian people. What are you saying again was its beginning?

  • Kim

    Why is there any flag there but the American flag??? Hello people, this is America, and should only be about America, NOT OTHER COUNTRIES

    • Pam

      DUh! YOu run an article claiming no American flags only Palestinian flags and the stage (which was actually covered n Stars and Stripes) ‘a bland gray” right next to a picture of the actual stage with its American colors … and you didn’t know your story was wrong? OF course you knew it was a lie. I’mn just storied no one on your end had the intelligence to notice that your picture directly refuted the credibility of your story!

    • Because people are too stupid to see that this picture is not a picture from DNC. I am sure sites like this site is betting on stupidity of their readers

  • Bruce Kugler

    Not so complex when one is firmly thinking, feeling, Being for one’s “group,” and Being-for-one’s-group I’ve always felt, since I was told by a little curly haired girl in the third grade (1961), ” I know why you only have a little bulletin board and we have the whole other side of the classroom ! Because you killed Jesus ! ” If one is identified with any group today in the Democratic Party today, you can be included and cherished to represent the interests of the Party, and the Party will re present you. There is only one group which now suspect, and that is the one referred to as a member of the Jewish faith. The Wiki leak master of “ambiguity,” in his word, knew exactly what he was doing, and to bring conflict not only to the DNC, and try and hurt Clinton, but to stir up tsuris between who of all people ? Bernie Sanders and the DNC chair, Wasserman-Schultz, knowing the Left, and even those centrists (what centrists ?) really hate W-S, not because she’s Jew, but not the kind of Jew who is acceptable, period. And Sanders, who has tried to not mark himself off as much as possible about being a Jew ? He too is fair game on different grounds, for being a socialist, and atheist, something that I’m not so sure is fact. Would Wiki leak it’s poop (which has always existed within party politics), if these two players were not Jews ? Of course Wasserman Schultz would say some of the things she did, she is a Jew who marked herself off as one, and is not going to turn her back on Israel, and embrace the idea Israel is the ruthless, heartless aggressor of the Palestinian People. The problem is all those “groups” in America today, have found a home in a party and World that is pro Palestinian as a rally cry to depreciate not only the validity of Israel, but those Jews who believe it is progressively becoming more the haven it initially was was in 1947. Obama’s contempt for Israel was the first shot across the bow, which opened the door for every kind of anti Jewish sentiment disguised as only a disagreement with Israeli policy. Isn’t that what those on the right side when criticizing Obama early on with the preface that ” I only have problems with the man’s policies, but not because he’s black.” Those on the Left never believed this, nor did I. But nor do I believe those who champion the cause of the Palestinian People, and look for every which way to bash Israel do this only because of it’s policies towards the Palestinians. Bigotry, confirmation bias, is an equal opportunity employer, but when push comes to shove, it is practiced across the board with Jews. When I was in the third gradeI was told I killed the Christian G-d, Jesus. Now it’s not only the right, but the Democratic party that has moved further to the Left with their “universalism,” which is marginalizing the Jew who knows which side of the toast is burned from the side which is buttered.

    • Judy

      Like your comment

    • Alan Bernson

      Dear Mr. Kugler

      I read and re read your letter and cannot understand its message.

      Perhaps you could explain what it is you are trying to say

      Thank you

      Alan Bernson
      Boston, MA

  • Arnold Levine

    Who needs flags to figure it out? All you need to know about where Clinton stands on Israel is that Soros has just announced that he is supporting her and backing it up with a 32 million dollar contribution.

  • peter

    what the hell kind of braindead journalism is this? you weren’t even at the event and just regurgitate right-wing blogger reports as a story. One word: click bait.

  • peter

    what the hell kind of braindead journalism is this? you weren’t even at the event and just regurgitate right-wing blogger reports as a story. One word: CLICKBAIT.

  • The Palestinians are not oppressed by the Israelis. They are under the control of the Palestinian Authority, led by Abbas. Interestingly, Palestinians who work for Israeli companies make more money and live better than those who do not.
    Israel does not have control over Palestinians.
    Palestinians are the pawns of the Arab governments.

    • Judy

      I agree, everyone wants to blame Israel but they don’t bother to read the history on what exactly happened in 1946 and 47 and how all those other huge countries came after tiny little Israel and Israel defeated them. they didn’t started but they ended up. One back their land and are trying to live peacefully there but the Palestinians continue to use force and brutalize is Raleys. If Israel didn’t have to defend itself there would be no killings or fighting.

      • Judy

        Sorry for the typos, dictation stinks sometimes.

  • Myron Slater

    Poor article, not up to your usual standards.

  • Linda Goudsmit

    What more evidence do Americans need that the DNC is a globalist organization. Any American citizen who believes in America first must vote for Donald Trump.

  • The usual PA BS. The opportunity for Palestinian statehood was opposed by the PA for decades. The single PA focus is on the complete elimination of ISRAEL. Will NEVER, NEVER happen!

    • Jack Moss you are hopelessly out of date, out of t ouch, and out of sense.

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    Watching on TV I didn’t see any Palestinian flags being brandished around at the Republican National Convention. So Jews and supporters of Israel you now know who to vote for – and it’s not Hillary Clinton! As for that sinister Arab propagandist James Zogby – who failed so miserably in getting an increase in Democratic Party support for the Palestinians – you failed because the majority of Americans are sick and tired of Palestinian,Arab and Muslim terrorism! You were appointed to the Democratic Platform Committee by Bernie Sanders,the most anti-Israel presidential candidate in American political history and that is one of the reasons mature American voters rejected him.

  • DockyWocky

    Nothing new about Palestinian flags at the DNC hoopla.

    There isn’t a single patriotic American in the whole crowd.

    But the vast liberal media coverage hasn’t noticed the trend toward supporting HAMAS, al-Queda, and ISIS routinely.

    • Rami

      Wrong DockyWocky……Americans are Waking up ….Specially The Young One …..This Green Giant called America is Blinkered …and Dragged from One Pitfall to Another ….

    • Silly Billy you are out of your high-chair again and no one has noticed.

  • m

    Israel does not oppress, the oppression can be observed in Gaza where it is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that restricts women’s rights and praises the sort of terrorism that has been seen in Europe. It is also typical of the sort of propaganda against Israel that Gaza is referred to as occupied after Israel withdrew. The end of Israeli control their led to this dangerous repressive regime. Two countries share their border with Gaza, Israel and Egypt and Egypt has been far more restrictive over what goes in or out of Gaza ( out of fear ) Israel has actually taken great risks in the name of humanitarian policy including when under physical attacks.

  • Tony Trenton

    Obummer and his ilk are demonstrbly Muslim Sleeper Agents.

    Just look below the surface BS. and it is clear that we are in the midst of WW 3 !!!

    Islam against the rest of Humanity !!!

  • nat cheiman

    Now we know what the democrats are about

  • Dian (Dina) Grossman Kjaergaard

    I am deeply disappointed and shocked. This is a mendacious piece catering to the worst fears and ignorance of readers.

    The photos appear to show ONE Palestinian flag. And there is a small handful of sign holders. I have watched part of the convention and saw NO Palestinian flags. I have looked at various pieces of footage from the convention and seen many, many American flag on the floor (along with state flags and tribal flags). As to the stage: Most of the coverage focuses on people’s faces, but you can, for examples, see very large, prominently placed US flags on the stage in footage of Michelle Obama coming forward to the podium.

    Yes, Clinton’s advisors on Israel scare me. But her own statements and actions towards Israel and “Palestine” have not been scary. Mrs Clinton has focus on ISIS / ISL / Da’esh and is not afraid of talking about the connection between some tendencies in Islam and Islamistic terrorism. And I don’t believe I have ever heard her supporting J-Street.

    Yes, Mr Kaine has done some scary things: supporting/appeasing the wrong kind of Muslims in the US, boycotting PM Netanyahu’s Iran-Deal speech, and glibly supporting the Palestinians with no sign of criticism.

    All of these actions – along with some important lies told by and errors of judgment mad by Hillary Clinton – are known and well-document. This means that activists can work for a turn-around. As a dual Danish-American citizen I will do my best to make the necessary turn-arounds happen – both during the election campaign and, should she win, after it.

    By the way: Mr Kaine’s not wanting to give more “aid” to Israel may not be a bad thing: As Daniel Pipes and many others have pointed out, American military aid to Israel is, all told, a liability for Israel. Mr Pipes is a life-long Republican who has given up on that party because of the party’s choice of Donald Trump – who REALLY scares me, too.

    It pains me to witness my fellow supporters of Israel exaggerating Mrs Clinton’s faults and simply bashing her.

    Here is a quote from Mr Trump: “Mike Pence is entitled to make a mistake every once in a while,” Trump said, leaning in to playfully jostle Pence. “But she’s not?” Stahl asked him, referring to Clinton. “No. She’s not,” Trump replied. (

    And those of us who are uncomfortable with left-wing politics have food for thought in this article: “Why Does the Left Hate Hillary?”

    And for everybody: “Why all the Hillary haters?

    If they hate Clinton for being a liar, do they hate Trump?

    Columnist argues that rage against the candidate boils down to misogyny”

    • Markus Elkana Brajtman

      Tim Crain has a history of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood
      that should be enough for the voters to know who the Dems are.
      Keep them far away from the White House

    • Gina

      Certainly there were American flags at the DNC! Snopes has exposed this falsehood which obviously was a smear campaign to demonize Democrats.

      • Yeah, after the Gestapo, the Nazi Party, the GOP and the RNC put out their best Propaganda lies some wide awake folks still saw through their mendacious lies to peel back their prevaricating and damnable lies to reveal the truth.

        Shame on the criminal right wing that will sell out the US to Russia and Nazism and nations that sent terrorist to murder more than 3,000 Americans and members of 129 other nations on 9-11.

        You feed their lies, light the conflagration, fuel the fire, fan the flames, and then expect everyone else to swallow your infernal lies.

  • “I support Palestinian Human Rights”.

    Right, so they should hope for a change in government….
    “Palestinian government” of course as their leaders are the dictators preventing their citizens any human rights.

    Hijacking the Democratic convention and burning the Israel flag just proves the ‘liberal & Democratic’ mindset of the supporters of this party.

    “We are all Palestine” will be the Democratic mantra at the next convention.

    Poor America.

  • Peter Joffe

    Lets make Islam the formal ‘religion of peace’ for the Democrats. I missed the ISIS flag at the convention?? Where was it??

  • I am greatly bothered by your false reporting that the presence of American flags was overshadowed by Palestinian flags at the DNC. This is absolutely not true. I used to read Algemeiner posts, but I now realize that it is a shill for right wing conservativism that I find abhorrent. Shame on you or lying. I love Israel, my people, but I refuse to patronize liars.

  • a yid

    A sad yet very telling sign of the times we are in. Israel flag was burned outside the convention. I guess we need to call the DNC the Dhimmi National Convention.

  • stevenl

    Pal flags: Gift from Qatar most likely.

  • Lindsey

    There should be NO flags displayed at a convention for the office of the President of the United States EXCEPT for the American flag. NO other country should have ANY representation in our election process. They didn’t help build our country, all they know to do is TAKE from us.

  • Jonah

    If Hillary gets elected Israel will be fighting to survive….in a battle for its vey existance. Between Obama and the hundreds of millions the Clinton foundation has received from Islamic sympathizers she has gone mad. Her husband has been infected with the same disease, the whole Democratic Party has gone insane when it comes to Israel. It’s lunacy that’s what happens when you idolize a moon god. They have all turned into antisemitic moon bats. The DNC convention reminds me of a gathering of zombies who want to shed Israeli blood.

  • C. Bicks

    This is terrible. They should not be there. We are not going to empower them. I am sorry. Israel has given them land and what have they done with it??? Nothing. They will not improve themselves. All they want to do is complain and hate Israel. I’m sick of these people already. Why don’t they better themselves. Fix their own government! Stop complaining and do something already. Don’t come to my country and complain to us. If you don’t like it here go back.

  • Rachel Cohen

    There is nothing sober about the Marxist democrat party platform–they are drunk with corruption and power.

  • SteveHC

    A silly article indeed. Clinton will have FAR less of a problem committing dollars, boots and bombs to fight terrorism than many people realize. Problem with Trump is that he is focused primarily on US budget-cutting. But regardless, Jews – particularly American Jews – will need to CONSTANTLY make sure that their voices are CONSISTENTLY heard.

  • David Lachmann

    I’ve been in and around the Wells Fargo Center all week. This report is not true.

  • Israel

    Only one word to describe this Pathetic. And they call themselves Patriotic Americans? actions speak louder than words.

  • Beth

    Let’s try that again- every state’s sign has a full flag at the bottom. Furthermore, there are several physical flags up and the flag has been shown on the screen regularly. Stop the lies!

  • melech

    I support Palestinian human rights too which is why I do not support Hamas, Hezbollah, the PA or any other similar organization all of which have done nothing but add to the misery of the people of Gaza and the West Bank

  • Not only were there no American flags on the first night. They needed a teleprompter for the pledge of allegiance.
    Let’s see
    Communist flags; check
    PLO flags;check
    American flags; nope
    Wake up people, these people are globalists and don’t give a damn about us or the country!

  • Benjamin Gruder

    I expect better from Algemainer. Fostering sin’at chinam is not a good look on you. Always follow up something that’s reported by a site like Daily Caller, which has an unabashed axe to grind. Snopes is good.

  • Stuart

    Dear Lea,
    As an American Jew I am very concerned about the Palestinian flag. Therefore, can you please confirm what you are saying, since you don’t name your sources, the media or social media? It’s a question of fairness,something a professional journalist would do.

    • Mrvigor

      Don’t expect an answer.

  • Ken Margulies
  • Ani

    Does this surprise you? I don’t recognize the Democratic Party anymore. I don’t understand Jew’s loyalty to it.

  • And one more think if you vote democrat you are no better than the people that carry the Palestinian flag.

  • This is the party of the anti-Israel self-hating Jew the old fart bolshevik Sanders same as all Israel hating Jews from J Street ,Soros and WaSSerman Schultz and the Jewish senators that voted for the Iran deal.

  • Steven Kalka

    How can liberal Jewish Democrats explain this? You’re seeing them in their colors.

    • Mrvigor

      They don’t have to explain it because the article is deliberately false. A complete fabrication, a viscous lie. Look it up or are you too lazy to do that?

  • DEMONcrat party and convention are fully Satanic.
    HELLary Clinton is an illuminati witch
    HELLary Clinton is LITERALLY an illuminati Witch out to destroy America.

  • Abbu Shuki

    These are the bedfellows who collectively constitute today’s Democratic Party: Muslims who hate Jews and Israel; Blacks who blame Whitey for their failures; Mexicans who equate border infiltrators with honest legal immigrants; women who believe its most important to have a Clinton clitoris on the presidential throne than under the Clinton presidential desk; liberal Jews who believe that endless handouts to the needy by government is the only righteous thing and that poor Palestinians are miserable only because of how Israel treats them (shaming them by making them go through border security…. to go to their high-paying jobs…. in Israel… imagine!), Communists and Socialists who believe in equal pay for all, regardless of the work, title, rank, experience or ability. What a mess. It’s time for the adults to take charge of the ship of State before it runs aground altogether.

  • Shmoo
  • How can you be such gullible idiots?
    This is absolutely FALSE FALSE FALSE.
    Use what little brains you have and research your “interwebs” or whatever you hickabillies like to call it:

  • Jack Schwartz

    Haim Saban, since the Arab mentioned him, was born and raised in Egypt where Jews were oppressed and persecuted and were always second class or third class subjects of the Islamic state as well as of the post-Ottoman Egypt that was still inherently Muslim in the 20th century, even after a formally democratic constitutional and parliamentary monarchy was set up.

  • Me
  • Vittorio

    Why not news? It is news. When a party is ashamed of waving or even displaying the flag of the country it wants to govern, it is a signal. Especially, combined with its stance on illegal immigration and border enforcement.

    • Mrvigor

      News? The story is a complete fabrication. The sad part is that you actually accept bullshit like this with out questioning its authenticity.

  • I expect more from the Algemeiner than this unsubstantiated nonsense from “social media postings”.

  • Mongoose

    Does it really surprise you that they are carrying the flag they are loyal to.

  • Yaakov

    Poor excuse for an article. Not news, just the usual ideological propaganda. Flag wavers, whether Anerican, Confederate, or Palestinian, share a certain mentality.

    • shloime

      are you serious? it may come as a surprise to some democrats, but of the four flags, palestine, the soviet union, and the confederacy all attacked america.

      and one other thing they have in common: they don’t exist.

    • Ver derharget bald.

    • Ken Margulies
    • Pat

      You mean like loyalty and patriotism ? Oh yea that’s right it’s a democratic convention

    • josil

      Except that we are currently living in the United States, not the Confederate states, much less the Palestinian territory. You don’t have to be a rabid patriot to demonstrate your appreciation of this country by hoisting your flag.

    • enufizenuf

      Really Yaakov? Cause you seem like a poor excuse for a thinker. Ignorance, however, you seem very accomplished at.

    • Rachel

      Does that include flags of Israel also? Believe it or not, some people are proud of their country and want to support it.