A cafe owner in Israel has lost her court battle against a ban on the Israeli national flag flying at its entrances, after the High Court ruled that it violates the country’s sovereignty.
The ruling, released late Wednesday, follows a landmark legal case that took aim at a law that prohibits the Israeli government from restricting or banning the display of the flag in public spaces.
The Jerusalem Court of Appeals ruled last week that the law violated the countrys sovereignty, since the flag is used to express a political position.
The court found that the flag was a symbol of the country, and therefore should not be banned.
But it also ruled that the bill violates the Constitution and the Law of Return, the two articles of Jewish law that provide for the Jewish state.
The case was filed in December by the family of a man who died in 2014 at the hands of an Israeli settler.
The man, who was wearing a kippah, a traditional head covering worn by many Jews, died while riding his motorcycle on a street in the occupied West Bank.
The man’s family claimed that the kippahs symbolized his Palestinian identity, as well as a desire to preserve his ancestral homeland, the Gaza Strip.
The case was a major setback for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had vowed to veto the bill.
The bill was passed in March, but was never signed into law.
It was later approved by the government, but it did not become law until July, when it was amended to ban the display in public places.
The government’s legal team argued that the country has a “unique position” in the world, since it is the only country that has a constitution and is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Law for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
“The right of free expression is fundamental to the State of Israel and the state’s rights to respect and defend the right to freedom of expression are a fundamental guarantee of the Jewish people’s right to exist,” the court ruled.