Know Your History: The Flag of Palestine

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series where I bring to you news from the archives and historical documents to debunk common misconceptions about the Middle East conflict.


As I have posted about a lot on this site, the Israel-haters regularly like to point towards artifacts from then Palestine, in some kind of attempt to prove that a state of Palestine existed then and therefore exists now.

Like the coins. And manhole cover.



Yet no Israel supporter ever claimed “Palestine” never existed. We recognize there was a British Mandate of Palestine existing back then, and an area called Palestine as part of the Ottoman Empire before that. We just don’t accept that there ever existed a state of “Palestine” run by a distinct palestinian nation, before Israel came along. And history is on our side.

All of this is an introduction to the following further inconvenient fact for the haters: the flag of Palestine according to the League of Nations before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

Romanian “Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary” 1928

palestina flag 1

Larousse French dictionary, 1934

Flags_in_the_Larousse,_edition_of_1934

Interestingly, this flag from Världens Huvudstäder, 1936 looks very much like the present-day Israeli flag, rather than the ones above.

palestina flag

Nevertheless, I think you get my point.

Incidentally, the flag according to the UK was something else entirely.

Hat tip: Patricio

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A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media