The mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, had designated Sunday, May 19 as “Palestinian-American Day” in the city, as he hoisted a Palestinian flag hoisted over City Hall.
The occasion might mark first time that the Palestinian flag has flown above any American city hall, The Bergen Record reported.
“If they’re citizens of the city of Paterson, they have every right to raise the flag,” Paterson Mayor Jeffery Jones told The Record.
The event was attended by about 120 people shouting “long live Palestine.”
“Palestine is our country and we are proud of that,” said oen resident in attendance. “We’re happy [to be] recognized finally.”
South Paterson is often known as “Little Ramallah” for its sizeable Arab population.
New Jersey Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, a Democrat representing the state’s 34th district, presented a ceremonial resolution marking the event, and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) presented a letter of Special Congressional Recognition.