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This is the party of the Jamail [Gemayel] family and has a rich history, so its flag may have changed during the ages.
The Christians had two parties, the Jamail family one and the Chamoun family one (Ahrar).
Dov Gutterman, 11 May 1999
The Phalanx party is the same thing as Kataeb – which is Arabic for "phalanx" – or, as they
are most commonly called, the Phalange.
John Kennedy, 06 Aug 2001
"Al Kateeb Allubnanieh" is a Christian party established in 1936 by Pierre Gemayel.
Bill Garrison, 29 Jan 2007
In the [Flags of Aspirant Peoples chart appears "30. Lebanese Christians".
White field with a schematic cedar (one green triangle over two green trapezes over a brown trapeze). The schematic
cedar is similar to those used by the Kataeb Phalangist Party. It looks rather like a party logo-flag.
Ivan Sache, 13 Sep 1999
[Gaceta de Banderas, January 2002, contains images of
Lebanese political parties, reported by Michel Lupant and drawn by Jorge Hurtado following his specifications. (...)
The flag of the Lebanese Phalanxes is like the Kataeb one. Proportions 8:11.
Santiago Dotor, 22 May 2002
There is no political party called "Lebanon Christians." The above flag (...) is actually the flag of the Phalange (Kataeb);
the colour and shape is correct.
Jac Asmar, 27 Jul 2002
This flag belongs to the Lebanese Kataeb, according to the Kataeb Toronto website
(image here) and the
Kataeb Sweden website
(images here and
Santiago Dotor, 11 Nov 2002
The big question is, what colour is the "trunk" – the bottom trapezoid? It appears as brown in most
sources, including the Kataeb website(s) and in photographs, however Lupant showed it as black.
Santiago Dotor, 06 May 2003
The flag Lupant has shown in Goslar (2001 DGF meeting) had a black trunk (I checked my photo of the flag).
However, I wouldnt be surprised if both versions are in existence.
Marcus Schmöger, 09 May 2003
Obviously at least two versions of the flag are (or have been) in use. The one with the brown base has shown
up inphotos recently, while on the other hand our image with the black base is based on an actual flag brought
by Michel Lupant from Lebanon and shown at the German meeting (Goslar, 2001). It is certainly not surprising
that the colours of the cedar tree are not fixed, as even the national flag was for most of its history used
with a brown trunk, although legally defined as green.
Marcus Schmöger, 04 Feb 2007
image by Tomislav Todorović, 16 November 2012
Another flag of the party, with a fully green cedar, is shown on a
photo in the gallery at the website of the Christian Falangist Party of
America, a now-defunct political group from the USA which claimed to
have been inspired by the Lebanese Phalanx.
(WARNING: contains photos showing people giving Roman salute, which is a remnant of the borrowings from the Spanish Phalanx, after which the Lebanese Phalanx was originally modelled.)
Tomislav Todorović, 16 November 2012
image by Eugene Ipavec
Eduardo Panizo reported in the Spanish Vexilologia mailing list the flag of the
Lebanese Phalanx party he saw on TV about 30 years ago as being exactly like the one above
but with a fully red (stylized) cedar.
Santiago Dotor, 19 Feb 2002
image by Eugene Ipavec, 14 March 2012
The Kataeb Sweden website
shows an animated GIF from which I extracted the above image. Can anybody
translate what is written around the cedar?
Santiago Dotor, 03 Sep 2001
I could identify al-Wattan (the people) and Allah (God). See also the flag in
this photograph at the
same website (a Swedish website, by the way).
Anonymous, 03 Sep 2001
The three words are:
So, the three alliances listed are those same three commonly found throughout the world: "God, Country, & Family."
Stephen Cardoos, 22 Mar 2005
The third word is Al- A'elat, "The family."
Actually, "God, Country, Family" has often been the motto of many fascist parties. This motto, as well as the name of the Kataeb party, The Phalanx (or the Falange), has been misunderstood and has greatly harmed the image of the party, especially in Europe where the memory of Italian and Spanish fascist parties are still very much alive.
Bernard Baz, 22 May 2005
image by António Martins-Tuválkin
The flag of the Kataeb Phalanges Libanaises from the Kataeb Party [broken link] website. The Kataeb is a Christian party.
Dov Gutterman, 15 Mar 1999 and 11 May 1999
At the Kataeb Party website [broken link]
there is a stylized cedar (top green, bottom purplish), surrounded by Arabic texts.
I have downloaded it and fooled around, with striking results: white easily becomes black,
blue becomes green, yellow, etc. On that page it is green on white. Clicking on it leads to a
page with this picture [broken link]
of Pierre Gemayel and in the background a white flag with a stylized green cedar.
The flag above is a combination of the Lebanese flag and the Kataeb flag, with the Kataeb flag in wrong colours.
Jarig Bakker, 06 Oct 1999
image by Eugene Ipavec, 14 March 2012
In this photo, Pierre Gemayel, founder of the "Phalanges Libanaises"
or Kataeb appears to be decorating a military colour with a red streamer. The flag is black with a
red nettle-leaf-like element (an upside-down, triangular leaf), on its centre a black Kataeb cedar. Gold fringe.
Santiago Dotor, 07 May 2003