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Palestinian Flag Day – Media Echo

September 29, 2021Last update: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – 9:44 am

Tomorrow, Thursday, the thirtieth of September, marks the Palestinian Flag Day.

On this day in 2015, the President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, raised the flag of Palestine for the first time at the United Nations Headquarters in New York alongside the flags of the member states.

The United Nations General Assembly had issued a resolution (A/Res/67/320) providing for the raising of the flags of non-member observer countries at the United Nations Headquarters on the tenth of September 2015.

This day has great political symbolism. After raising the flag of Palestine for the first time at the headquarters of the United Nations, President Abbas said, “This is a historic moment in the course of our people’s struggle; And that this flag is the title of our national identity, and a gift to the martyrs and prisoners.” On the same day, His Excellency adopted that date as a day for the Palestinian flag.

Historical overview of the Palestinian flag: The flag of Palestine is a banner used by the Palestinians since the first half of the twentieth century to express their national ambition. It consists of three identical horizontal stripes (from top to bottom, black, white, and green), on top of which is a red isosceles triangle at its base at the beginning of the flag. (The base extends vertically) The vertex of the triangle is located on a third of the length of the flag horizontally.

Sharif Hussein designed the current flag as the flag of the Arab Revolt of 1916.

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Our people used the flag in reference to the Palestinian national movement in 1917. In 1947, the Arab Ba’ath Party interpreted the flag as a symbol of freedom and Arab unity.

Our people re-adopted the flag at the Palestinian Conference in Gaza in 1948. The flag was recognized by the Arab League as the flag of the Palestinian people.

In the first meeting on May 28, 1964, the Palestinian National Council drew up its national charter, and Article 27 of it stipulated that Palestine should have a flag, an oath and an anthem, and its colors were defined in order as follows: green, white, then black with a red triangle.

On (1-12-1964 AD), the Executive Committee of the Liberation Organization established a special system for the flag that defines its standards and dimensions, and the black and green colors replaced each other, and with the start of the Palestinian revolution on 1/1/1965, the flag was taken as its emblem. On November 15, 1988, the Palestine Liberation Organization adopted the flag as the flag of the Palestinian state.

The Palestinian flag is not just colors; Rather, it is a cause and a story of sacrifices and a long struggle, a symbol for every martyr and every prisoner. And each of its four colors speaks of a special symbolism.

It is noteworthy that Palestine became a “non-member observer state” at the United Nations on November 29, 2012.