ℹ Forgotten flags of the worldℹ
José Manuel Erbez reported in the SpanishVexilologia mailing list a variant of the Palestinian flag used in 1938 during the Arab revolt. The flag displays a crescent and cross on the hoist triangle, probably representing the Muslim-Christian union against Jewish settlement. José Manuel Erbez mentioned the picture showing the flag appeared in a history magazine, I believe it isHistoria y Vida, June 2002, p. 3, Mundo Revistas S.A., Barcelona. If I remember correctly (I had a look at the magazine weeks ago) there is some Arabic lettering on the bottom stripe. I would guess the flag was home-made.
The crescent and cross emblem recalls that used on a green flag in the 1919 Egyptian revolution (image in Smith 1975.
Santiago Dotor, 25 Jun 2002
The Arab Revolt was between 1936 and 1939 and is known in Israel as Me'ora'ot TARTZAV-TARTZAT (i.e. 5696-5699 Events). The Arabs were organized in paramilitary groups (known as "the gangs") with very loose connction between each other and between them and the Arab leadership in Jerusalem. There was no coordination or supreme command and each "gang" was led by a local leader. The "pose" in front of the camera and the flag, suggest this is one of the "gangs" and the flag is probably used by this gang. I saw some photos with flags used in this era, and those were all based on the same flag but bear different inscriptions and emblems. I guess that all bought or received the same basic flag and each gang added elements as it (or probably its leader) saw fit.
Dov Gutterman, 25 Jun 2002 #islam #christian #jews #onelove #muslim #faith #peace #unity #united #abrahamicfaiths