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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 is a photograph.
Dov Gutterman, 28 September 2001
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
I have access to some parts of the Jewish Encyclopedia and other Israeli documentation and there is several vex information:
Jaume Ollé, 31 May 1998
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
image located by Bill Garrison, 4 June 2020
I do not know how "new" this flag is, but today is the first time that I have
Article (but no image): https://www.meforum.org/61033/the-conundrum-of-israeli-arab-citizenship
Issued in the midst of a sustained attempt by the Palestinian Arabs to destroy it at birth, Israel's 1948 declaration of independence urged them "to participate in the upbuilding of the state on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due
Caption: While this flag is touted as an "Arab-Israeli flag" and it copies the layout of the flag of Israel, it retains the colors of generic Palestinian flags (black, red & green). , c. June 2020
Bill Garrison, 4 June 2020
The image is flipped horizontally and cropped from this photo:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Israel_palestine_flag.jpg which was
taken at the protest against the Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the
Jewish People, which took place in Tel Aviv, 2018-08-11. The flag is clearly an
expression of disagreement with the idea of explicit definition of Israel as a
Jewish state (current Basic Laws say nothing in that regard), due to fears that
it would only worsen the situation, in Israel as well as in the wider region.
The Wikimedia Commons photo gallery from the event:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Protest_against_Basic_Law_Israel_as_the_Nation_State_of_the_Jewish_People reveals that the flags used included those of Israel, Palestine and Druze people - clearly, the opposition to the idea is cross-ethnic.
Tomislav Todorovic, 4 June 2020
Here is another look at this flag:
Caption: pictured is a "One State" flag of a united Israel-Palestine. It re-interprets the normal blue-white flag of Israel (pictured alongside as a dress) with the Palestinian-flag colors of black, green, red and white, but not utilizing the blue in the blue-white Israeli flag; c. July 2020. Due to the lack of blue in this flag, a critic of this "joint/united" flag might claim that this flag represents the Arab-Palestinian dream of absorbing/conquering the Jewish state of Israel -- which might be mollified if the "Star of David" had been half-blue and half-red triangles (if anything can been mollified in this region). [Apparently this photo was taken during a rally of both Palestinians and Israeli "peaceniks" who gathered to show solidarity for a "One State" solution to the current split of "Palestine" into Gaza-Israel-West Bank/Samaria-Judea. ]
Bill Garrison, 12 July 2020