Flag of Israel flying at Calgary City Hall

However,  the City of Calgary says the decision to fly the Israeli flag Tuesday is in accordance with its flag-raising policy.

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“Calgary has a long-standing flag raising program to recognize Calgary’s ethnic and cultural diversity, which includes recognition of national days to celebrate the nationhood of a nation or non-sovereign country,” the city says in a statement to Global News. “Today, The city joins other municipalities across Canada, including Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, to raise a flag in commemoration of Israel’s 76th Independence Day.”

In Ottawa, the annual event was at first cancelled, then reinstated, but without the usual ceremony, after a backlash from local Jewish community advocates and politicians.

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“We acknowledge that this year this day holds more significance to many communities, including Calgary’s Jewish and Palestinian communities who are deeply impacted by the ongoing conflict,” the City of Calgary says. “By flying a flag, we are recognizing the diversity of Calgary’s community.”

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