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      Arabs Remove Israeli Flags From Bypass Roads

      Arabs removed Israeli flags from main bypass roads between cities in northern Binyamin; say flags to be burnt in Ramallah.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 5/6/2012, 1:53 PM

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      A group of Arabs activists removed Israeli flags from main bypass roads between cities in the northern Binyamin region early Saturday, the Ma’an news agency reported.

      The activists replaced Israeli flags with Palestinian Authority flags, according to Ibrahim Burnat, one of the participants. Burnat told Ma’an that a group of young men left Ramallah at 3 a.m. to complete the task. 

      “On one of the main roads between Ramallah and Nablus (|Shechem), activists quickly scaled ladders to reach the Israeli flags on electricity poles and replaced them with Palestinian flags,” the news agency reported.

      Arab blogger Maath Musleh reported on Twitter that, "The Israeli flags that were removed from Nablus - Ramallah road will be burned" in central Ramallah.

      Burnat said that the campaign "angered Israeli settlers [when they saw what had occurred, ed.]," but was completed quickly and quietly, without confrontations.

      He continued to note that a series of similar efforts are underway, but declined to disclose the details "because they will also be performed secretly." 

      According to the report, Burnat said the group did not want to disclose its identity, as its goal is to support the "Palestinian cause," not partisan agendas.