Israeli flags defaced in Vancouver


(JTA) — Two Israeli flags that were part of an Olympic display in Vancouver were removed after being defaced.

The Israeli flags were covered in paint with the words "Free Palestine" written on them, the Vancouver Sun reported Sunday. They were removed last month.

The display on the streets of the city features 450 international flags from 80 countries.

Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 12. Israel is sending three athletes.

The flags will be replaced before the start of the games, according to the Sun. Their slots are now empty.

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