Israel independence day overflight decried by Palestinians and left

Military flight over Hebron in occupied West Bank criticised as ‘provocative show of force’

Plans to include an overflight of Hebron in the occupied West Bank in Israel’s annual independence day airshow have been met with angry responses from Palestinians and leftwing Israelis.

The Israel air force said on its website at the weekend that the controversial overflight sought by settler leaders would take place on Thursday, putting an end to uncertainty over the display after an initial announcement was taken down amid criticism from Mossi Raz, a legislator in the leftwing Meretz party, which is part of the ruling coalition, who termed it “a provocative show of force and superiority”.

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