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Irc Will Study Israel’s Request for Recognition of Red Magen David

June 26, 1980
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A spokesman for the International Commission of the Red Cross said today that “a committee will once again try to find a solution to the problem” created by its refusal to recognize Israel’s Red Magen David as an official symbol. The spokesman was responding to Premier Menachem Begin’s appeal to the IRC yesterday to extend formal recognition to the Red Magen David.

The IRC has, for years, refused to recognize Israel’s emergency aid organization on grounds that the proliferation of symbols causes confusion. It has proposed that the Red Cross, which is the reverse of the Swiss national flag, be the universal symbol. But the IRC has recognized the Red Crescent of the Arab countries and the Red Lion of Iran. Israel maintains that its own symbol deserves equal acceptance.

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