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The 'Ink Flag' at Eilat (Israel)

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The Ink Flag at Eilat

On March 10, 1949, two Israeli brigades —Negev and Golani— converged on the police station of Umm Rash Rash on the Red Sea, now known as the resort city of Eilat, and occupied it without firing a shot. This act completed the occupation of the Negev Desert, allocated to their government by the United Nations partition plan and was the last operation of Israel's War of Independence. However none of the soldiers had remembered to bring a flag with them, so a soldier by the name of Micha Peri hand drew one by pouring blue ink on a sheet. The result was apparently a kosher Israeli national flag with one exception — Peri appears to have smeared the Shield of David device, and filled it in entirely [as on this 1947 flag proposal]. This design was never used again.

Stan Brin, 1 January 1999

The flag is known as the Ink Flag. I found a good picture of it at the Eilat website. The name of the police station was Umm Reshrash, and it was standing just where the city mall is today.

Dov Gutterman, 2 January and 1 June 1999

This scene of raising the Ink Flag at Eilat (...) reminds me of the Iwo Jima scene. The original poster mentioned the man who made the flag, but the man who is more famous is the man who hoisted the flag. His name is Avraham Adan, known as Bren (like the machine gun). He rose to be a general, his last commission in the army was Commander of the Armory, some 25-30 years ago.

Nahum Shereshevsky, 4 January 1999