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Israel: Preference Given to Israeli-Manufactured Flags

(Dec. 29, 2010) On December 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Flag and Emblem Law, 5709-1949. The amendment prohibits the state, local authorities, and public bodies from acquiring Israeli flags unless the flags were made by Israeli citizens or residents in Israel or in Judea and Samaria (The West Bank). The Law specifies that the prohibition will apply only in the absence of contradictory obligations under international agreements. Explanatory notes for the bill indicate that the objective of the Law is to protect Israeli manufacturers from unfair competition with foreign manufacturers in countries where the wages are very low. (Flag and Emblem Law, 5709-1949, 3 LAWS OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL 26 (5709-1949); Flag and Emblem Law (Amendment No. 5), 5771-2010 & bill [in Hebrew], the Knesset website, &, respectively.)