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(8:11) image by Thanh-Tâm Lê
Magen David Adom (Red Shield of David) is the Israel
equivalent to the Red Cross, the flag
is a red Magen David on a white bed-sheet. As far as I
know it is only in use in Israel. 'MADA' is the short name of
this organization, based on its initials.
Dov Gutterman, 9 March 1999
Magen David Adom uses this flag, however there is no
official status for the flag. I suppose that the flag ought to be
8:11 as the Israeli flag, however, as usual here, the actual flags used are 2:3.
Dov Gutterman, 29 November 1999
(3:5) image by A.H.
In a photo sent to my wife by a pen pal in Israel, who like my
wife is involved with Emergency Medical Systems, the mogen
David is depicted both on the side of their ambulance and on
a flag in the background as being a solid six-pointed star. This
may be a variation.
Dave Martucci, 29 November 1999
The image by Thanh-Tâm Lê shows a 8:11 flag with a magen
David about half as high as the flag's hoist. Alvin
Helms's image shows the flag as 3:5 and the emblem being
about 2/3rds of the flag's hoist. Which is correct? I guess the
ratio should (at least officially) be 8:11 as most Israeli flags.
Santiago Dotor, 4 February 2000
There is no official MADA flag, so there are no
regulations or such concerning the ratio of the flag or the
emblem size. When Thanh-Tâm Lê drew his image, I
compared it to an actual flag and made some corrections. In my
opinion, what was done by MADA is taking a national
flag, removing the stripes and changing the colour of the
emblem. The official ratio of the national flag is 8:11, but it
is very common to see them as 2:3 (actually it seems there are
more 2:3's than 8:11's). I suggest that since it is obviously
based on the national flag, we should show it as 8:11.
Dov Gutterman, 4 February 2000
I am a former MADA employee and I wanted to assure you that
until this moment no official height-width ratio for the MADA
flag has been established (...) thus all ratios are accepted
(even for official purposes).
Shahar T. Yahalom, 2 November 2002
The emblem of Magen David Adom (simply red Magen
David on white, no specifications) was officialized by law. No mention of the flag, however.
Dov Gutterman, 17 September 2001
image by Tomislav Šipek
This variant with text, from
Tomislav Šipek, 24 October 2018
image by Dov Gutterman
A car flag with inscription was hoisted on the ambulances.
Dov Gutterman, 19 June 2003