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Did a former version of the official Palestinian flag have a Star of David on it?

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Some pro-Israel social media accounts have claimed that the former official Palestinian flag contained the Star of David in 1939. The Cube verified these claims.

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Since Hamas’ unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7, 2023, multiple pro-Israel accounts they reclaimed the old official Palestinian flag accustomed to port a star of David – a symbol of Judaism.

The flag image is half white and half blue with the Star of David in the center.

Euronews discovered it other postswho claim this flag it was presumably from 1939 and was found in an edition of the then French encyclopedia Larousse.

Some use this as evidence that, even before the creation of the State of Israel, Palestine was already “recognized as a Jewish entity.” according to one Facebook user.

In 1939, the official Palestinian flag was the Union Jack

But in reality this is not the case. After the First World War, Palestine found itself under the British Mandate in 1920.

A status that ended with the creation of the Jewish State of Israel in May 1948.

This means that in 1939 the territory was still under British rule, meaning that the Union Jack was used as the official flag.

An example of a 1946 mandate era flag can be seen on the British Imperial War Museum website.

Small variations of the flag were created for the High Commissioner (the head of British government in the territory), ships, customs and postal services.

The flag displayed in the viral posts was never an official flag for all of Mandate-era Palestine.

The Cube turned to Tamir Sorek, a professor of Middle Eastern history at Penn State University, who has written about the history of the Palestinian flag.

“Based on its symbolism, I can say with certainty that this particular design has never been used or proposed by anyone within the Palestinian Arab national movement,” Sorek wrote in an email exchange.

“Since the emergence of the Zionist movement in the late 19th century, there have been many attempts to establish a representative flag, and this particular one seems like one of them,” he explained.

Tamir Sorek believes viral flag in social media posts it appears similar to another proposed flag during a Jewish Youth Congress held in Livorno (Italy) in 1924.

“I doubt it has been widely adopted by any Zionist milieu,” he told Euronews.

The current Palestinian flag was designed by Sharif Hussein for the Arab Revolt, an armed uprising against the Ottoman Empire in June 1916.

It was readopted in 1948, according to the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs.

We contacted the publisher of the Larousse encyclopedia but they did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the authenticity of the viral flag image.

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