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image by Dov Gutterman and Željko Heimer
One of the unique discoveries of my 18 September 2001
[municipalities flags] tour was a flag that was hoisted in Zefat city hall. Beside the municipal
flag and the national flag, there was a white flag charged with
the national emblem in reversed
colours. I never saw such a flag before anywhere. Here is a photograph.
Dov Gutterman, 28 September 2001
I saw the new Israeli
banknote of 20 New Sheqalim showing the Israeli flag, but it
also shows some (at least two) other flags in the background.
This might be flags from the United Nations
building in New York, or something of the sort. One seems to be
an Argentine flag, but the image is too
bad to identify anything for certain.
Željko Heimer, 13 May 1999
Could it be a symbol of Israel being recognized among the
independent nations of the world? It would then make perfect
sense to use common colourless patterns for the flags in the
back, so they would just mean realistic, yet unidentifiable,
"other nations". Notice that none of the flags except
the Israeli one can be immediately identified for sure.
Obviously, this is on purpose.
Pierre Gay, 13 May 1999
The new 20 INS note is dedicated (as was the old one) to Moshe
Sharet, the first Foreign Minister and the second Prime Minister
of Israel. The note commemorates the event that took place on May
11th 1949 when Israel was accepted as UN member and Mr. Sharet
was honoured by raising the Israeli flag. Since the flag order at
the UN follows the alphabetical order, in the original picture you can see
the flags of Iceland and India.
I think that in designing the new bill, the designers preferred
not to show actual flags and therefore the bill includes some
symbolic, imaginary flags.
Dov Gutterman, 13 May 1999
I have access to some parts of the Jewish Encyclopedia and other Israeli documentation and there is several vex information:
Jaume Ollé, 31 May 1998
Is it true that the Falacha community use a blue flag with
inscriptions or emblem?
Jaume Ollé, 22 February 1999
I guess you mean the Ethiopian Jews who insist that they be
not called Falaches, since the Falaches (really Falach-Mura) are
those who converted to Christianity and are no longer part of the
Ethiopian Jews community. I don't know about any flag of them.
There is no official or known flag of the community.
Dov Gutterman, 27 February 1999
A blogger I know posts pictures of an Israeli flag made of lights (for Tuesday's Memorial
Day and Wednesday's Independence Day celebrations) in Tel Aviv at
ajhistory.blogspot.com [pictures not retrievable].
Nathan Lamm, 2 May 2006
For those who are not familiar with it, we celebrate it
according to the Hebrew calendar, so even thou it was on 14 May
1948, we celebrate it on He BeIyar (5th day of the eighth month).
The building in the photo is the city hall of Tel-Aviv and I can assure you that in reality the lights are blue and white ... Better photo at maxvps019.maximumasp.com [picture not retrievable – we would be happy for sending us one].
Few words about the flag. This flag is claimed to be the biggest light-flag in the world. It is situated on the southern wall of Tel Aviv city hall facing Rabin Square and is made of 580,000 bulbs. It is called Lights of Hope' Flag, and the bulbs was lightened gradually in the past month. Each bulb represent a donation of 18 NIS (~4 US$) for ELEM (organization for youth in danger). The number 18 (in Hebrew hai, it also means to live) is symbolic.
Dov Gutterman, 3 May 2006
image located by William Garrison
A white-field flag with the Israeli flag in the center, surrounded by two concentric rings with
the blue lettering "ISRAEL | 70 YEARS", a menorah and the star of David. Photo of a gathering in Poland,
probably in 2018 (Source: notesfrompoland.com,
located by William Garrison, 21 February 2023
image located by William Garrison
The "Israel-Ulster" flag: being the national flag of Israel with "Unionist" Northern Ireland imagery
on it. Pro-Ireland (anti-UK), re-unification "Nationalist" Northern Irelanders frequently wave Palestinian
flags at football/soccer matches. Some claim that the pro-UK "Unionist" or "Loyalist" community in Northern Ireland
hold a lot support for Israel, if for no other reason than the "Nationalists" seem to favor Palestine.
This pro-Israel flag is being sold in a Northern Ireland
flag shop as the "Israel-Ulster" flag.
Some may find the Christian cross atop the British crown upon this Israeli flag as being a little
unusual/controversial (others may critique that the artwork is rather gaudy overall anyway).
William Garrison, 7 March 2023
This video from the Israeli news channel i24 gives a bit context to that matter:
Northern Irish Catholics Burn Israeli Flags.
Martin Karner, 8 March 2023
image located by William Garrison
Flag/banner depicting Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin ("Bibi") Netanyahu, showed on a
supporters' rally in Jerusalem on 20 April 2022. (AFP via Getty Images)
Hebraic inscriptions: "Hero of Israel" / "Together with you the whole way" (source, picture)
located by William Garrison, 9 March 2023
Marchers wave a flag displaying Benjamin Netanyahu's image in Jerusalem, Israel on April 20, 2022.
"King of Israel" in English. Atop the picture of Netanyahu are the English
letters: "B B" which obviously is a play on his nickname "Bibi" – at least when
pronounced in English. This looks more like a flag than a banner, but I'm not too sure.
William Garrison, 9 March 2023
I think it was 2001 at the ICV in York, England, that I sat in on a session for flagmakers. They were
aghast at the concept of printing images on flags – a flag can't be a flag if it can't be sewn was the
core message. One printer from France was demonstrating gradient fill across a flag from true blue to a
strong green and the howls of protest from other flagmakers could be heard in London, I swear! Of course,
printed flags were on the market long, long before 2001, but the practice was to ensure that a flag could
only be a flag if you could conceive of it being sewn from pieces of fabric. 18th and 19th Century painted
flags were carefully avoided in that discussion!
My point is that 22 years ago, this would have been an advertising banner. Today it might be produced by the thousands and paraded through the streets by supporters (or burned by opponents!) The boundary between flags and banners has blurred. I would call this one a promotional flag, serving the purpose to rally supporters, promote Netanyahu, and simply recognise the cause. Pete Loeser uses the term "vaporware" for ephemeral items, mostly electronic, but I think this sort of flag probably belongs in that area too. However, we have seen such flags for US presidential races from two centuries ago, so it probably deserves a mention on FOTW.
Rob Raeside, 9 March 2023