La primera bandera “palestina” : un trapo rojo

por Israel y Oriente Medio

Todos sabemos que un pueblo ficticio y artificial carece en principio de simbolos que le identifiquen como tal. Por ejemplo la estrella de David que ondea en la bandera israelí es una  milenaria seña de identidad del pueblo judio y es logico que ondee en su bandera

Pero …¿ Qué pasa con los “palestinos” ¿Qué simbolos tenian? ¿Cuál era su bandera?
La verdad  es que ni ellos mismos lo sabian.

Rescato aquí un simpatico capitulo acerca de la confusion que incluso en la ONU originó esta ausencia de simbolos nacionales “palestinos”  en 1935 acerca de un barco japones que se nego a izar la “Union Jack” cuando atracó en Haifa alegando que esa ciudad no era britanica si no de un territorio sobre el que pesaba un mandato de la Sociedad de Naciones

En el, y ante la ausencia de una bandera “palestina” (si en cambio reconocer una bandera sionista, de la Agencia Judia) se pensó que un trapo rojo con la palabra “palestina” podria ser la bandera del ente “Palestina”.

Bastante sintomatico resulta que en la mismisima ONU no pudieran reconocer una enseña “palestina” ¿Verdad?

La primera bandera “palestina”

“QUESTION OF A PALESTINE FLAG.

M. ORTS referred to an article entitled “A Curious Incident” published in an Egyptian newspaper on October 6th, 1934. This article alleged that a Japanese vessel, on entering the port of Haifa, had refused to hoist the British flag, in spite of the insistence of the local authorities. The Captain, it was said, had maintained this attitude during the eight days he remained in port on the ground that Palestine as a mandated territory could not be regarded as British. The article said, that although Syria, Lebanon and Iraq–even before her emancipation–had possessed national flags, there was no national Palestinian flag, doubtless because it would be difficult to obtain the acceptance, by both Jews and Arabs, of a single flag. The problem seemed to have been solved by keeping to the British flag, allowing the Jews to use the Zionist emblem and the Arabs their own banners.

Mr. M OODY knew nothing about this incident nor whether the statement were true. He would prefer to endeavour to obtain the facts before attempting to reply to the suggestion contained in the above report.

M. O RTS said that the incident was unimportant in itself, but it raised the question whether Palestine ought not to have a national flag.

Mr. DOWNIE replied that there was an official Palestine flag for shipping purposes. This was a red ensign “defaced” with the word “Palestine” in a circle. The question of an emblem to replace the word “Palestine” on this flag was under consideration.

Count DE PENHA GARCIA said that the question of a Palestinian flag must surely have already arisen, because Palestinians had recently bought some German ships. When the German flag had been lowered, surely some other flag must have been hoisted in its place. In this case, could the accredited representative state whether the ordinary international rules concerning flags and the transfer of nationality of vessels had been complied with? “

http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/EA08EC2300E1E17C052565EF006425BA

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