The flag of Israel flies in the Loyalist interface area of Twaddell Avenue in North Belfast
The flag of Israel flies in the Loyalist interface area of Twaddell Avenue in North Belfast August 19, 2014. Loyalists widely support Israel in their conflict with Palestinians. In Belfast, the flags of Israel and the Palestinians are potent symbols of conflict, but they divide Catholics and Protestants rather than Jews and Muslims. In the complex web of alliances that underpins Northern Ireland politics, the star of David has been adopted by pro-British Loyalists, mainly Protestants, many of whom sympathise with Israel's struggle against Islamic militants. Flying the green, black and red of flag of the Palestinian territories, meanwhile, is a sign of support for Catholic Irish Nationalism and their aspiration for a united Ireland against what many see as a British occupation. The flags are among dozens that have been adopted by the working class Catholic and Protestant areas that have for decades been at the focus of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. Picture taken August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (NORTHERN IRELAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 07 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'NORTHERN IREALND - FLYING THE FLAGS'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'FLAG CATHAL'