Angry protesters whitewash rainbow flag on West Bank barrier

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – Palestinian protesters whitewashed a rainbow flag of gay rights, painted by a Palestinian artist on six slabs of the West Bank separation barrier.

Khaled Jarrar said June 30 his art was meant as a reminder that Palestinians live under Israeli occupation, at a time when gay rights are in the news after the U.S. allowed same-sex weddings.

But protesters perceived it as support for homosexuality, a taboo subject in Palestinian society.

The painting ignited angry social media responses among Palestinians and activists whitewashed the flag on June 29.

The flag was painted on the best known section of Israel’s graffiti-covered barrier, next to a portrait of Yasser Arafat.

Mohammed, who only gave his first name for fear of repercussions, says he helped whitewash the flag because “we cannot promote gay rights.”

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