- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Residents of a Chicago suburb are outraged over a town committee’s decision to keep a Palestinian flag flying high among dozens of other international flags, including America’s.

A human relations committee meeting in Lincolnwood village, 10 miles north of Chicago, devolved into yelling and name-calling Monday night, with Mayor Gerald Turry telling one resident to “shut [his] mouth,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

Despite pleas for it to be removed, the Palestinian flag will remain part of a display of about 60 international flags along Lincoln Avenue — an annual part of “Diversity Month” that takes place each August. The Palestinian flag was added last year, the Tribune reported.

“We’ve seen on television there are Palestinian mothers teaching their children from their youth to murder, to hate, to blow yourself up, anything for the cause,” said one angry resident, Sherry Friedman.

She was asked to sit down by Mayor Gerald Turry and complied.

Many in the crowd grew angry, with one man reportedly yelling “terrorist scum shut up.”

“I’m going to politely ask you to shut your mouth,” Mayor Turry told the man, who left the meeting, the Tribune reported.

“As bitter as it may seem to some of our community that they didn’t get the wish they might have come here for, I ask them to take a deep breath, relax and just let it go,” Mr. Turry said, the Lincolnwood Review reported. “This is a community that has talked about embracing diversity for a long time, and here it is right now that we have the opportunity to stand up and live what we preach.”

Human Relations Chair Stacy Katsibaros said the flag display will remain as is.

“The flags that are flying will stay up,” she said. “This [discussion] is about expressing our opinions about why a flag should or shouldn’t be flying, and to lash out at each other when we’re all in this country where we’ve been born isn’t the answer.”