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Flag Variant 1947 (Israel)

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[Full Magen David 1947 variant (Israel)] 8:11
by Zeljko Heimer

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I found this flag in an old photo of Ben-Gurion taken in the opening ceremony of the Courage Road, the old Jerusalem highway linking Tel-Aviv with Jerusalem. It was taken on Kislev 5708 ("Tashakh"), that is November-December 1947, meaning before the establishment of the State of Israel. It looked like the current Israeli flag, with a change: the star of David in the middle was not a wire star, but a filled one. Also, the tint seemed darker than the current one, but one cannot tell, since it is black and white.

Amit Lev, 17 June 1999

In my humble opinion this flag is not a proposal but a historical flag. Since 29 November 1947 (UN resolution) the Zionist Organization acted as a state inside the state, with government branches etc., and the Zionist flag was hoisted almost regularly. Since the UN resolution, the British stayed in their camps and left the country without their control. Even though 14 May 1948 was the declaration [of independence] day, we take the 29 November 1947 as the beginning of the independence.

Dov Gutterman, 26 June 1999