Dozens of Israeli soldiers stood guard in the occupied West Bank town of Huwara, where the Palestinian flag was blowing in the warm breeze from an electricity pole.
Suddenly, a Jewish settler jumped from a car, hoisted himself up the pole and tore down the flag, to the fury of Palestinian onlookers.
The soldiers watched on, without intervening.
“Many martyrs fell for the sake of this flag, many people were killed,” said Zafer al-Sayegh, a local store-owner. “It’s not possible for us to take it down.”