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Woman Charged After Setting Fire To Israeli Flag During Sydney Protest

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Woman Charged After Setting Fire To Israeli Flag During Sydney Protest

A woman has been charged after she was captured on film walking through a Sydney street carrying a burning Israeli flag.

New South Wales Police say there was an unauthorised protest that broke out in Lakemba this week (May 11) during Ramadan festivities.

Around 200 people gathered in the area in Sydney's West and police were called in to monitor the situation.

7News reports as they were speaking to the organiser of the event, they allegedly saw the 48-year-old woman in the middle of the road with the flaming flag.

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The flag was taken from her and she is accused of then running away from officers.

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Authorities have since been able to track the woman down and she's been charged behaving in an offensive manner in or near a public place and wilfully preventing the free passage of a person or vehicle.

She's been issued a Court Attendance Notice and will appear in Bankstown Local Court on July 8.

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It comes amid the escalating tensions and violence that has broken out in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine.

Experts fear the two regions are heading towards 'full-scale war' if the barrage of missile attacks and airstrikes don't end immediately.

Violence broke out after weeks of tensions over the planned forced evictions of six Palestinian families in an East Jerusalem neighbourhood.

Pressure was already high when Israel restricted gatherings at the Al-Aqsa compound to just 10,000 people during Ramadan, which was a move that was even criticised by moderate Israelis.

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Protests got bloody and Israeli police and military ended up storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a sacred Muslim site, and fired rubber bullets at worshippers.

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So far, 65 Palestinians have been killed, including 16 children and there has been widespread destruction within the Gaza Strip.

More than 360 people have been wounded, including 86 children and 39 women. Six Israelis, including one child, have died and around 100 have been injured.

According to Al-Jazeera, there has also been an escalation in attacks on Arab people living in Israel.

Massive residential apartment blocks are being reduced to rubble in the Gaza Strip as the Israeli military continues with airstrikes. This will leave dozens of people displaced in the already tiny area of Gaza and these people will be forced to find somewhere else to live.

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In addition to that, people on the ground say it's not just homes that are crumbling under the might of the Israeli attack system, but also essential services, which will cripple people's livelihoods.

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Topics: Australia, Israel

Stewart Perrie
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