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Prpopsal for American Jewish Congress Flag 1918 (Zionist Flags, Israel)

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[Zionist Congress 1918]
image by Jaume Ollé

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Flag offered by the brothers Isaac and Nisen Haisrael to the Jewish congress, 5 December 1918.
Jaume Ollé
, 11 January 1998

Quite a complicated flag, maybe good for the Congress, but unsuitable for the national flag. However, I was wandering about its symbolism:

  • landscape and rising sun are quite obvious, as well as Magen David;
  • 12 small stars are, presumably for 12 tribes of Israel;
  • corn wreath comes from the first group too, I guess;
  • in the middle of it is the letter "Tzade" for Zion, I guess (as in the 1924 proposal);
  • I have no idea what the letters above should stand for. They are dalet, lamed, yud — DLY.

Željko Heimer, 13 January 1998

This flag was published in Vexillinfo or Flaggenmitteilungen, I believe that originary source is Lucien Philippe. He says, "5 December 1918 Isaac and Nissen Haisrael brothers offered a flag to the Jewish Congress. Other flag was offered by the Italian government in 1924".
Jaume Ollé
, 26 August 2000

Note that there was no Zionist Congress in 1918 . The 11th Congress was held in Vienna in 1913 while the 12th congress was held in 1921 in Carlsbad. I guess that it was a proposal for the American Jewish Congress that was held in Philadelphia in 1918.
"The American Jewish Congress describes itself as an association of Jewish Americans organized to defend Jewish interests at home and abroad through public policy advocacy, using diplomacy, legislation, and the courts."
Dov Gutterman, 27 July 2007