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image by Shay Shemesh and Oded Deutch, 10 May 2017
The flag features a (modified) version of the CoA in the middle of a white horizontal flag.The Knesset Guard (משמר הכנסת) was established in 1958 during the Third Knesset (source) and it is an Israeli protective security unit. The decision to establish the Knesset Guard in its current format was adopted in accordance with the Knesset Immunity Law, 5712-1952, on February 24, 1958, in the Knesset Subcommittee on the Knesset Budget. Up to 1958, the Knesset Guard was a Company of the Tel Aviv Police. (source)
For additional information go to the following official websites:
Esteban Rivera, 10 May 2017
image by Miles Li and eljko Heimer, 21 January 2006
At the Israeli
National Photo Collection there are a photos of The Knesset
(– Photo 5658: "THE KNESSET GUARD, IN FRONT OF THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE NEW KNESSET BUILDING IN JERUSALEM.".
– Photo 72710: "GERMAN PRESIDENT JOHANESS RAU'S VISIT TO ISRAEL. IN THE PHOTO, PRES. RAU (R) & KNESSET SPEAKER AVRAHAM BURG REVIEWING THE KNESSET GUARD.".
The Knesset Guard flag can be described as: "quarterly white and crimson, at the upper fly a golden castle, and at the lower hoist a golden menorah."
The castle has one gateway, plus three windows (one at the central tower and one at each 'wing'). The central tower has four embattlements, and each 'wing' has three embattlements.
Miles Li, 13 March 2005
Mishmar HaKnesset is an independent force (i.e not
part of the police or the army) with its own uniforms, ranks and
so on, which is in charge of the security of the Knesstet. It is
oparated under special act (Knesset Guard Act) with no word about
Dov Gutterman, 14 March 2005
It sounds like a description of how the menorah was depicted
in classical times (about 2000 years ago). Perhaps
coincidentally, there's a famous sculpture of a menorah outside
of the Knesset, and it is something of a symbol of the
Nathan Lamm, 14 March 2005
image by Jens Pattke, 9 September 2007
Did the Knesset Guard colour change? Wikipedia
shows a photo of the
visit of the German president, Horst Köhler on February 2, 2005.
Here the red field (with a castle) of the Knesset Guard colours
is in the upper corner at the mast. Above is a photo of the visit
of the German president, Horst Rau with the red field (with a menorah)
of the Knesset Guard colours is in the lower corner at the mast.
I had manufactured a manual sketch on the basis a tv-report in news "Tagesschau" (German TV "ARD") on 2 February, 2005. The castle was red and drawn in yellow outlines . The structure of the brick-work was also drawn in yellow. Only the portal was occupied with laminar yellow.
Jens Pattke, 9 September 2007