Red Cross Finally Admitts Magen David Adom

22 Jun

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With a round of applause, the international Red Cross federation admitted Israel’s Magen David Adom society simultaneously with the Palestine Red Crescent. An optional new emblem was adopted so that Israel could retain its red star of David instead of having to adopt the red cross or crescent used by the 184 other societies in the global movement.

Magen David Adom has sought membership in the Red Cross movement since the 1930s – even before Israel became a state – but has been barred from entry because it objects to using the traditional symbols of the movement to identify its medical and humanitarian workers.

The decision early Thursday completed a complicated process that included the creation of the optional, third emblem – a blank, red-bordered square standing on one corner – that could stand alone or frame the Israeli society’s red star.

The emblem – dubbed the “red crystal” – was approved over Muslim objections in a hard-fought diplomatic conference last December.

When Israel’s society bid for membership was turned down in 1949, it objected to using either the cross or the crescent, and the Red Cross movement refused to admit yet another emblem.

Israel’s military will be able to use the crystal by itself on a white flag to protect medics and other humanitarian workers helping war casualties. But any society could combine the emblem with the cross or crescent – or both – for temporary use.

As a former choveshet (EMT) in Magen David Adom (MADA) I proudly applaud the Red Cross’s decision to finally include Israel in their life saving network. Yes we live in a country of conflict … but our MADA employees and volunteers save lives regardless of creed, skin color or religion. Thank you to all the nations who voted on creating a new emblem for the Red Cross.

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5 Responses to “Red Cross Finally Admitts Magen David Adom”

  1. ifyouwillit June 22, 2006 at 2:39 pm #

    Allowing Israel to join the red cross is a great step in the right direction, it’s a shame we have to use a different emblem.Was any thought given to the new Red Diamond logo being used universally?

  2. IsraLuv June 22, 2006 at 2:54 pm #

    We dont have to use a different emblem… we could use the standard Red Cross emblem but it would not reflect our country.I personally have no issue whatsoever with using the Diamond emblem as long as the Magen David stays in the middle of it to symbolize our beliefs as does the Red Cross and Red Crescent does for the other countries.

  3. ifyouwillit June 22, 2006 at 3:05 pm #

    I didn’t realise that we had that option too.

  4. Simon Holloway June 23, 2006 at 3:07 am #

    I agree with Ifyouwillit: I think that a non-denominational logo should be employed everywhere. In an increasingly heterogenous world, why should ambulances (of all things) contain religious insignia?

  5. Noodles June 23, 2006 at 9:06 am #

    This is Ahuva, right??! It is your occasional Thursday night rocker Nat. If not .. opps! Any, also as a previous MDA volunteer, I am delighted by this news, or should I say, relieved that there finally is some justice. When I carried out the service, I was shocked by the fact that the Red X would not acknowledge MDA … it has no political involvment, and mirrors exactly what the Red X stands for … human worth. Mazel Tov!

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