Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Israeli Stars and Stripes

Picture is courtesy of "goldberg" who published it on Flickr. Advertisement on a bus stop. 
The Hebrew words under the flag say: "Be Strong And Resolute"

Lauren Gelfond wrote in 2003 a nice article titled Star Light, Star Bright, where she tells about the exaggerated reactions of people to the Magen David. Among other things she says:

Online, a writer argues that: “Those two blue stripes on the Israeli flag represent the Nile River in Egypt and the Euphrates in Iraq. With the so-called David star in the middle, the message is: The land between these two rivers belongs to the Jews."

Ashkelon Mosque

Picture of Solomon’s seal in a Mosque is courtesy of Artist Aviva Beigel

The following paragraph is from Dr. Asher Eder’s book The Star of David, which was published in 1987 in English in Jerusalem by Rubin Mass Ltd. The publication here is courtesy of Oren Mass

This version includes corrections and new materials that do not appear on the printed version

In the ornamental art of Islam, the six-pointed star is common, either as an independent sign or mingled with other ornamental signs, such as can be found in the marble walls or window screens of the Haram-al-Halil (Tomb of the Patriarchs, Hebron Mosque, of the Mameluke period); in the Turkish city wall of the Old City of Jerusalem at Stork's Tower and at the New Gate; and on Moslem coins of different countries and periods.
Quite an impressive and well preserved design of the six-pointed star can be seen above the Mikhrab (prayer niche) in the mosque building from the Mameluk period in Ashkelon