Qatar school under controversy over Israeli flag

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A school in Qatar has apologized to the education ministry for displaying an Israeli flag in one of its corridors.

The ministry was alerted about the flag by angry parents who took to social media to call for the removal of the Israeli banner put up in Doha College, one of the oldest British curriculum schools in Qatar with 1,800 students between the ages of three and 18 from more than 70 nationalities.

Reports in Qatar said that officials from the education ministry contacted the school and the administration promptly removed the flag and formally apologized.

The school said that it had displayed all the flags of the United Nations member countries to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year.

The ministry on its Twitter account confirmed the school’s apology over the inconvenience caused by the Israeli flag and its prompt removal.

The ministry also confirmed that the display of the flags was part of the school’s celebration of the new academic year.

Qataris on social media called for a stricter monitoring of the international schools in the country and for making it mandatory for them to raise the Qatari flag at the morning assembly of the students and teachers that precedes the start of the school day.

Qatar established diplomatic relations with the Israeli regime in 1996, but broke them off between 2008 and 2009. (Gulfnews)

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