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Lebanese Phalanx (Lebanon)

Kataeb, Phalanges Libanaises, flag reported as 'Lebanon Christians'

Last modified: 2005-03-05 by santiago dotor
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[Lebanese Phalanx or Kataeb (Lebanon)]
by Jorge Hurtado and Michel Lupant, exported to GIF by Santiago Dotor

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This is the party of the Jamail [Gemayel] family and has a rich history, so its flag may have changed during the ages. The Christians had two parties, the Jamail family one and the Chamoun family one (Ahrar).

Dov Gutterman, 11 May 1999

The Phalanx party is the same thing as Kataeb —which is Arabic for phalanx— or as they are most commonly called the Phalange.

John Kennedy, 6 August 2001


In the Flags of Aspirant Peoples chart appears "30. Lebanon Christians". White field with a schematic cedar (one green triangle over two green trapezes over a brown trapeze). The schematic cedar is similar to those used by the Kataeb Phalangist Party. It looks rather like a party logo-flag.

Ivan Sache, 13 September 1999

Gaceta de Banderas, January 2002, contains images of Lebanese political parties, reported by Michel Lupant and drawn by Jorge Hurtado following his specifications. (...) The flag of the Lebanese Phalanxes is like the Kataeb one. Proportions 8:11.

Santiago Dotor, 22 May 2002

There is no political party called 'Lebanon Christians'. The above flag (...) is actually the flag of the Phalange (Kataeb); the colour and shape is correct.

Jac Asmar, 27 July 2002

This flag is the Lebanese Kataeb one, according to the Kataeb Toronto website (image here) and the Kataeb Sweden website (images here and here, photograph here).

Santiago Dotor, 11 November 2002

Former Flag with Red Cedar ca. 1970

Eduardo Panizo reported in the Spanish Vexilologia mailing list the flag of the Lebanese Phalanx party he saw on TV about 30 years ago as being exactly like the one above but with a fully red (stylized) cedar.

Santiago Dotor, 19 February 2002

Flag Variant with Inscription

[Flag Variant with Inscription (Kataeb Party, Lebanon)]
from the Kataeb Sweden website

The Kataeb Sweden website shows an animated GIF from which I extracted the above image. Can anybody translate what is written around the cedar?.

Santiago Dotor, 3 September 2001

I could identify al-Wattan (the people) and Allah (God). See also the flag in this photograph at the same website (a Swedish website, by the way).

Annonymous, 3 September 2001

Flag Variant, possibly mistaken

[Flag Variant, possibly mistaken (Kataeb Party, Lebanon)]
by António Martins

The flag of the Kataeb Phalanges Libanaises from the Kataeb Party [broken link] website. The Kataeb is a Christian party.

Dov Gutterman, 15 March 1999 and 11 May 1999

At the Kataeb Party website [broken link] there is a stylized cedar (top green, bottom purplish), surrounded by Arabic texts. I have downloaded it and fooled around, with striking results: white easily becomes black, blue becomes green, yellow, etc. On that page it is green on white. Clicking on it leads to a page with this picture [broken link] of Pierre Gemayel and in the background a white flag with a stylized green cedar. The flag above is a combination of the Lebanese flag and the Kataeb flag, with the Kataeb flag in wrong colours.

Jarig Bakker, 6 October 1999

Black Panthers

Mistakenly reported as 'Phalanx party'

[Black Panthers (Lebanon)]
by Ivan Sache

Smith 1975, pp. 340-341 ("Symbols in politics") shows "Phalanx (Lebanon): White field charged with a black stylized cedar".

Ivan Sache, 6 August 1999

I never saw the flag mentioned in Smith 1975, but Kataeb might have a military flag.

Dov Gutterman, 31 August 2001

The so-called Phalanx party [flag] is in fact the flag of the Maronite militia called Black Panthers.

Jaume Ollé, 31 August 2001