An Israeli sentenced to 120 service hours over burning Israel’s flag
Occupied Jerusalem — The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court sentenced Yehiel Hazan, 22, on Monday morning, to 120 hours of community service, since he was convicted two and a half years ago of burning the Israeli flag and stomping on it.
Gathered there with other youths, he began jumping, clapping his hands and growling upon the sounding of the Remembrance Day siren. He later set fire to an Israeli flag and stomped on it together with the other youths.
Hazan is charged with insulting the State flag and causing a public disturbance.
During his trial, Hazan’s attorney said that, “burning the flag under the circumstances described in the indictment, should not be considered a criminal offense but rather, protected and permitted in a society that respects its citizens’ freedom of expression.”
The attorney also said that even if an act like this causes a public outcry, freedom of expression should always outweigh concern for public feelings.