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Flags in the Jewish Encyclopedia

I have access to some parts of the Jewish Encyclopedia and other Israeli documentation and there is several vex information:

  • In the word Molcho, Salomon, show the image of the banner that carried Salomon Molcho on his mission to Emperor Charles V at Regensburg in 1532 (Prague, State Jewish Museum).
  • In the word Flag is a description of the tribes flags and a banner of the Prague Jewish Community presented by its rabbi Mordecai Meisel 1592 (same Museum).
  • In the burial of Herzl 1949, the coffin was covered by a white fabric with blue (?) Hebrew inscription, and also with a unknown flag, probably blue with a circle of seven six pointed (white or golden) stars.
  • More photos: a Jewish sailor raising the flag on a Jewish ship: the flag is probably white with two opposed triangles (blue) that form the David star, and within a sign similar to the letter 'O'.
  • Also a drawing of a banner of Jewish Battalions in Palestine: like the current national flag but stylized star and black inscriptions: near hoist Jewish Battalions and below in Palestine; at fly I assume that the same inscription but with Hebrew characters.
  • Other flag show in the word Ha-shomer Ha-za'ir: The Ha-Shomer white standard with small Union Flag in the upper fly part, and Hebrew inscription (By blood and fire Judea fell; by blood and fire Judea shall rise).
  • At end, in photo of the official opening of Israel's 25th anniversary celebrations by President Shazar, show the flags of 12 tribes (only 10 visible in the b/w photo).

Jaume Ollé, 31 May 1998


Ethiopian Jews

Is it true that the Falacha community use a blue flag with inscriptions or emblem?
Jaume Ollé
, 22 February 1999

I guess you mean the Ethiopian Jews who insist that they be not called Falaches, since the Falaches (really Falach-Mura) are those who converted to Christianity and are no longer part of the Ethiopian Jews community. I don't know about any flag of them. There is no official or known flag of the community.
Dov Gutterman
, 27 February 1999


Flags on an Israeli banknote

I saw the new Israeli banknote of 20 New Sheqalim showing the Israeli flag, but it also shows some (at least two) other flags in the background. This might be flags from the United Nations building in New York, or something of the sort. One seems to be an Argentine flag, but the image is too bad to identify anything for certain.
Željko Heimer
, 13 May 1999

Could it be a symbol of Israel being recognized among the independent nations of the world? It would then make perfect sense to use common colourless patterns for the flags in the back, so they would just mean realistic, yet unidentifiable, "other nations". Notice that none of the flags except the Israeli one can be immediately identified for sure. Obviously, this is on purpose.
Pierre Gay
, 13 May 1999

The new 20 INS note is dedicated (as was the old one) to Moshe Sharet, the first Foreign Minister and the second Prime Minister of Israel. The note commemorates the event that took place on May 11th 1949 when Israel was accepted as UN member and Mr. Sharet was honoured by raising the Israeli flag. Since the flag order at the UN follows the alphabetical order, in the original picture you can see the flags of Iceland and India. I think that in designing the new bill, the designers preferred not to show actual flags and therefore the bill includes some symbolic, imaginary flags.
Dov Gutterman
, 13 May 1999


Flag with Coat-of-Arms

[Unidentified Flag with Coat-of-Arms (Israel)] image by Dov Gutterman and Željko Heimer

One of the unique discoveries of my 18 September 2001 [municipalities flags] tour was a flag that was hoisted in Zefat city hall. Beside the municipal flag and the national flag, there was a white flag charged with the national emblem in reversed colours. I never saw such a flag before anywhere. Here are some photos.
Dov Gutterman
, 28 September 2001


The Light-Flag

A blogger I know posts pictures of an Israeli flag made of lights (for Tuesday's Memorial Day and Wednesday's Independence Day celebrations) in Tel Aviv at ajhistory.blogspot.com [pictures not retrievable].
Nathan Lamm, 2 May 2006

For those who are not familiar with it, we celebrate it according to the Hebrew calendar, so even thou it was on 14 May 1948, we celebrate it on He BeIyar (5th day of the eighth month).
The building in the photo is the city hall of Tel-Aviv and I can assure you that in reality the lights are blue and white ... Better photo at maxvps019.maximumasp.com [picture not retrievable – we would be happy for sending us one].
Few words about the flag. This flag is claimed to be the biggest light-flag in the world. It is situated on the southern wall of Tel Aviv city hall facing Rabin Square and is made of 580,000 bulbs. It is called Lights of Hope' Flag, and the bulbs was lightened gradually in the past month. Each bulb represent a donation of 18 NIS (~4 US$) for ELEM (organization for youth in danger). The number 18 (in Hebrew hai, it also means to live) is symbolic.
Dov Gutterman, 3 May 2006


60th Anniversary Flag and Logo

[flag] image by Zachary Harden
flag

[logo] image located by Dov Gutterman
logo

In may 2008, Israel will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The government decided to adopt a special logo which will appear on all its publications and on public transportation busses, trains, planes etc.  
It is also planned to have this logo on flags which will be hoisted next to national flags.  
Six proposals reached the final cut, that will be held today. Some are following the major motif of the celebrations which is: "Children of Israel – Citizens of Tomorrow".
The daily Yedi'oth Akharonot of today published the final six proposals. Later today or tomorrow we will know who is the winner.
Dov Gutterman, 3 September 2007

Following my previous post, above is the winning design of the 60th anniversary logo, which will be used also on flags. The designer is Ramo Sintas and its explanation is as follows: "We choose a design that combines flow and innovation. This is an Israeli logo that expresses optimism which is derived from of hope and great faith." The inscription is: "Israel – today and tomorrow".
Dov Gutterman, 4 September 2007

A flag of Israel's 60th Anniversary was sold in eBay (picture).
William Garrison, 14 April 2008

This photo was made by the German photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus (1965–2014). It shows an Israeli soldier jumping off an armored vehicle carrying a flag of Israel's 60th anniversary as his unit celebrates its return from the Gaza Strip to the Israeli side of the border on January 16, 2009. (Source > scroll sidewards at the top photo)
Martin Karner, 17 November 2023 (photo located by William Garrison)

This article has information about the symbol itself and how it was adopted. Here is another opinion piece. I was able to make a PNG file [here: JPG] of the flag from the first source, but the Hebrew Wikipedia has a vector logo.
Zachary Harden, 17 November 2023


Eretz Israel flag (Biblical prophecy)

image located by William Garrison

A white-field flag with a blue-colored outline of apparently the city of Jerusalem, with the blue Star of David in the center (similar to the Israeli National Flag), with a crown [and a Third Temple gate].
William Garrison, 10 May 2022

This flag may belong to a political/religious party, but, more importantly, it reflects an idea and aspiration of several extremist and ultra-orthodox groups in Israel and in the United States. Here is the explanation of the elements, all of which are from an imaginary/aspirational future, and have no official codification:

  1. The crown is "Messianic" or "King David".
  2. The "gate" is actually the "Third Temple" that extremists believe must replace the Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock shrine in the Noble Sanctuary (Temple Mount) in Jerusalem. The first temple was allegedly Solomons. The second was Herods reconstruction, and destroyed by the Romans in the Jewish war of 66–73 CE (This narrative overlooks a much more complicated history involving other temples and disputed locations).
  3. The map is a crude representation of Eretz (Great, or Greater) Israel, which several Bible verses describe as "from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates." Again, extremists and their maps don't agree on the exact borders, but the western side is the Mediterranean and Nile (or Suez Canal). The top of the triangle is mostly the Euphrates. The bottom of the triangle is an arbitrary line across Saudi Arabia from Egypt to the mouth of the Euphrates. Thus, the territory depicted includes present Israel, occupied West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan, most of Syria, a large chunk of Iraq, Kuwait, a big slice of Saudi Arabia, and part of Egypt (always including all of the Sinai Peninsula).
Some believe that Eretz Israel represents a restoration of the fullest extent of the kingdom in Solomon's time. The problem is that there is zero evidence for the existence of Solomon, and whatever proto-Israel/Judah state (tributary to the Egyptian and Assyrian empires) existed around that time was smaller than modern Israel. Some modern politicians have a much more territorially-conservative vision of Eretz Israel, i.e. Israel plus the West Bank, and sometimes the Golan Heights. This area is also often called "Judea and Samaria," which can be interpreted as a sly way of signaling that its adherents really do believe in the more grandiose Eretz Israel.
I think it is premature to link this flag decisively to Temple Mount Faithful or Chabad (The other main organizations in this movement are Temple Institute and Return to the Mount).
A 2013 poll commissioned by the Joint Forum of Temple Mount Organizations found that 30% of Israeli Jews want a Third Temple on Temple Mount. The Third Temple Movement has only grown in numbers and influence since then, moving from fringe to mainstream politics. It also has strong support from about half of American evangelicals, for whom a Third Temple is central to their end-times theology. Thus, the flag might also represent an American organization dedicated to this cause.

T. F. Mills, 26 June 2022

    
images located by Pete Loeser

Todd Mills has nailed it. For those needing a better visual of the "Eretz Yisrael Greater Israel", I located these maps once I knew what to look for (Open Clip Art #1 and Open Clip Art #2).
Pete Loeser, 27 June 2022

As Todd Mills mentions, the borders on the flag are based on Biblical texts which describe prophetically the outlines of Israel in the future Messianic Kingdom (Jewish term) or Millennial Kingdom (Christian term). The passages with a general description of the borders are: Genesis 15:18–21, Deuteronomy 1:7 and 11:24; the passages with a more detailed description: Numbers 34:1–15 and Ezekiel 47:13–20. He also points out correctly that since the flag references to the Old Testament (Jewish term: Tanakh), we can't say if it has a Jewish or Christian context, without further information.
Martin Karner, 14 June 2023


70th Anniversary of Israel flag (Poland)

[70th anniversary flag] image located by William Garrison

A white-field flag with the Israeli flag in the center, surrounded by two concentric rings with the blue lettering "ISRAEL | 70 YEARS", a menorah and the star of David. Photo of a gathering in Poland, probably in 2018 (Source: notesfrompoland.com, original picture).
located by William Garrison, 21 February 2023


Israel-Ulster Unionist flags (Northern Ireland)

[Ulster-Israel flag] image located by William Garrison

The "Israel-Ulster" flag: being the national flag of Israel with "Unionist" Northern Ireland imagery on it. Pro-Ireland (anti-UK), re-unification "Nationalist" Northern Irelanders frequently wave Palestinian flags at football/soccer matches. Some claim that the pro-UK "Unionist" or "Loyalist" community in Northern Ireland hold a lot support for Israel, if for no other reason than the "Nationalists" seem to favor Palestine. This pro-Israel flag is being sold in a Northern Irish flag shop as the "Israel-Ulster" flag. Some may find the Christian cross atop the British crown upon this Israeli flag as being a little unusual/controversial (others may critique that the artwork is rather gaudy overall anyway).
William Garrison, 7 March 2023

This video from the Israeli news channel i24: Northern Irish Catholics Burn Israeli Flags, and this article from thej.ca: Testimonies From Northern Irish Politicians On Why They Support Israel provide some context to that matter.
Martin Karner, 8 March/16 October 2023


Variant

[Ulster-Israel flag] image located by Martin Karner

A variant with the St. George's cross on white from the Northern Irish Red Hand Flag, supplemented with two blue horizontal stripes on top and at the bottom.
The Israeli Magen David with the Ulster Red Hand in its center is placed in the center of the cross, elevated by the royal crown. (source, source)
Martin Karner, 16 October 2023

See also:   The Red Hand Flag


Jerusalem flag with diagonally positioned design – only in Israel?

[jerusalem flag] image located by William Garrison

We understand what it means when a flag is shown as being either "horizontal" or "vertical". Please view the above Jerusalem flag, it is neither – sort of a 45-degree NW-diagonal angle.
FOTW dictionary does use "ascending diagonal" (to the NE) but lists no "descending diagonal" or "diagonal". A flag whose shield/logo has been rotated approximately 45 degrees towards the northwest can be readily viewed when that flag is hung limp on a flag pole.
William Garrison, 22 April 2023

We certainly can talk about the sense of turning a flag emblem into the diagonal position in order to become more photogenic when the flag is displayed standing or hanging limp. Is an artificial diagonal design still compatible with the original purpose and meaning of a flag? (Such flags never can be used by carrying them or fly them outside) I'm not able now to give a definite answer to this question, but perhaps I have an explanation as to why the idea of the diagonal design could gain ground in Israel. Looking at Israeli national flags hanging limp [picture, source] makes it clear that the six-pointed Star of David is mostly in an upright position by nature. Every 60 degrees it stands upright which is quite convenient when displaying the flag in a standig or limp position. Maybe this inspired some flag makers to create other flags with a diagonal design.
Martin Karner, 2 May 2023

See also:   Ministry of Health – Variant with rotated design,  IDF flag (rotated indoor version)


George "Buzz" Beurling's personal flag on TV program

[Buzz Beurling's flag] image located by William Garrison

This flag appeared in the "Air Aces – George Beurling" television program, Season 1, Ep. 1; c. spring 2023. The program was unclear in noting where this flag was being flown: either on Malta or in Israel. Recently I emailed the "National Library of Israel" in Jerusalem and asked if they had any information about this flag; although several staff members were asked, none could identify it.
Story info: This flag appeared in the aforesaid program at about the 41:49 mark into the 45-minute-long program. Flight Lieutenant George Beurling was recognized as "Canada's most famous hero of the Second World War", as "The Falcon of Malta", where he flew in action. Malta island is located in the Mediterranean Sea just south of Italy. An announcer in this program commented: "In 1947 Israel is looking for people to come and help them in the war against Palestine." Technically, in 1947 there was no independent Israel yet in the then-British Mandate of Palestine (Israel became independent in May 1948). Around the 41:49 mark in this film the narrator is talking about Jewish war refugees on Malta, who were trying to sail to Palestine-Israel. The film is unclear as to where this flag is being flown. In the design of the letter "B", the top half is slightly smaller than the lower half. Therefore, if "BB" is read properly, then the stripe is at the top of the flag. Looking at the photos, it is clear that there is only one stripe on this flag, not two as on the regular Israeli flag. Unfortunately, I do not know what was the purpose for the use of this flag.
William Garrison, 17 July 2023

I think this flag does have two coloured stripes, although the bottom one may be a different colour from the top one.
Rob Raeside, 17 July 2023

That is George Frederick "Buzz" Beurling's personal flag (BB = Buzz Beurling). The documentary Above and Beyond tells the story of the Machal (overseas volunteers who fought alongside Israeli forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War). It also tells a sideline story of the smuggling of aircrafts for the would-be Israel Air Force, in which Beurling perished.
Esteban Rivera, 18 July 2023


"Taiwan loves Israel" flag

["Taiwan loves Israel" flag] image located by William Garrison

A "Jesus | Taiwan loves Israel" flag that mimics the national flag of Israel along with the national flag of Taiwan (Republic of China) inserted to the left of the Star of David. A flag of evangelical Taiwanese Christians in Jerusalem; September 2015.
Original caption: "Evangelical Christians in Jerusalem, on September 29, 2015. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi" (source: haaretz.com [with paywall], picture)
William Garrison, 18 August 2023


U.S.-Israel friendship flag

[US-Israel friendship flag] image located by William Garrison

One of the better examples of a combined friendship flag. Here Israeli protesters are showing a US-Israel flag outside the US consulate in Tel Aviv. The intention of the protesters was quite probably not just to commemorate the US-Israeli friendship, but to remind both their governments of the democratic principles that Israel shares with the United States and which the protesters see as endangered.
Original caption: "Israelis wave Israeli and American flags as they protest the coalition's judicial overhaul legislation, outside the US consulate in Tel Aviv, March 7, 2023. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)" (source, picture)
located by William Garrison, 19 August 2023


Anti-Israel flag (Iran)

[anti-Israel flag] image located by William Garrison

Picture caption: "A printed flag mimicking that of Israel that has four black bottom-of-boot prints trampling atop the Israeli flag along with a black-ink Farsi slogan printed on the bottom white stripe with the Farsi/Persian words Marg Bar Israel or 'Death to Israel' in Tehran, Iran, 15 August 2020." (source: shutterstock.com)
located by William Garrison, 21 August 2023

See also:   Anti-Israel flags (Iran)


President Sadat Peace-Visit flag

[Israel-Egypt flag] image by António Martins, 16 March 2024

President Sadat Peace-Visit flag (10x16 cm), Egyptian flag cloth with "Jerusalem" and "19.11.1977" on the center white stripe, noting the 19–21 Nov. 1977 visit of Egyptian President Sadat to Jerusalem, Israel (picture, reverse). (source: ebay.com)
located by William Garrison, 18 September 2023

This 10:16 (=5:8) ratio differs slightly from the official 2:3. The details of the eagle are also slightly different, lacking the text under the scroll and this keeping the bird's head slightly more distant from the red stripe edge; the shield bears also three [five-pointed stars] aligned vertically, which are absent from the official version.
The bird is shown on this photo looking at the viewer's left hand, while both writings read correctly.
António Martins, 13 March 2024

I am sure the flag was produced in Israel. It was made to commemorate Egypt's President Sadat visit to Jerusalem, Israel. As Arabs usually refer to Jerusalem as "Al-Quds" ("The Holy"), had this flag been made in Egypt I think an Egyptian manufacturer would have used the word: "Al-Quds" – which was not used.
This hand-held flag has been offered for sale on eBay at least twice by different sellers – both selling from Jerusalem. While it has the design of the Egyptian flag, it appears that it was made to be use by Israelis for waving during Pres. Sadat's visit.
As most Egyptians were against a peace treaty with Israel, I doubt that this flag was waved by anyone in Cairo.
William Garrison, 13 March 2024

See also:   Republic of Egypt (1972–1984)


"We love Israel" flag

[We love Israel flag] image located by William Garrison

Israel-supporting flags "We love Israel", together with Finnish national flags on a march of Evangelical Christians in Jerusalem (2019). (source: haaretz.com [with paywall], picture)
located by William Garrison, 22 September 2023


Metal flag on Yom Kippur War memorial

[Metal flag] image located by William Garrison

To commemorate Israel's retention of the Golan Heights (between the Syrian and Israeli borders) during the Oct. 1973 Yom Kippur War, a metal statute depicting two Israeli soldiers holding the Israeli national flag was dedicated in early Sept. 2023 atop the domineering dormant Tel Saki volcanic hill on the Golan Heights. (source: jpost.com, picture)
William Garrison, 25 September 2023

See also:   The 'Ink Flag' at Eilat (Israel) ( > memorial with metal flag)


Israel flag "Love of Israel in the soul"

["Love of Israel in the soul" flag] image by António Martins, 5 April 2024

Israeli national flag connected to the Yeshiva "Hakotel" (Jewish religious school). Inscription above: "Love of Israel in the soul" (אהבת ישראל בנשמה); below: "Quarter midrash" (מדרשת הרוע). The Midrash is an ancient commentary on the Hebrew Biblical scriptures. (picture, source)
located by William Garrison, 28 September 2023

I suppose "Quarter midrash" refers to a city distict, one comprising a large synagogue and auxiliary facilities – could be that?
António Martins, 5 April 2024


 
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