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      US Rep: If Taiwan Can't Fly Flag, Why Can PLO?

      Allen West joins Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in condemning the PLO flag flying in Washington.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 1/25/2011, 1:56 PM / Last Update: 1/25/2011, 2:10 PM

      Freshman Representative Allen West (R-Fl) has joined House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl) in condemning the official flying of a PLO flag in Washington

      The office of Rep. West said that the raising of the flag is "an attempt to legitimize an organization with a known history of terrorist actions," in a written news release reported in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
      West's office noted: "By allowing this flag to be flown, the United States is extending a diplomatic right that we refrain from offering to even our own allies, like Taiwan. This action is a diplomatic slap in the face of our greatest of allies, Israel."
      Both West and another Republican South Florida congressperson, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, have condemned the flag-raising. The two are asking President Barack Obama and the State Department's Office of Foreign Missions to take back the permission that was given to the PLO to raise it.