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Historical Flags (Palestine)

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Before 1916

[Ottoman Palestine until 1916]
by António Martins

Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire and used the Ottoman flag.

Santiago Dotor, 18 October 2000

Palestine and Transjordan 1916-1923

[Union Flag (Palestine and Transjordan 1916-1923)] 1:2
by Graham Bartram

The British took Jerusalem in December 1916. The allied supreme council created a British mandate on 25 April 1920 and the League of Nations approved it 24 July 1922. The Balfour Declaration of 1917, providing for a Jewish national home, applied to Palestine, but not Transjordan. Transjordan was separated from Palestine as an autonomous state on 26 May 1923.

T.F. Mills, 16 December 1997

Unidentified 1941 Palestinian flag

I recently bought an atlas from 1932 when I was in Frankfurt, Germany. Inside there was a loose map, entitled "Der Nahe Osten" (The Near East). The map was from the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper and printed in 1941. Along the side of the map are short political histories and pictures of flags from the following nations: Egypt, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Iraq, Iran, Yugoslavia, Palestine, Romania, Saudi Arabia, the Soviet Union, Syria, Transjordan and Turkey.

The flag for Palestine is a simple blue over white, which is similar to that on the Israel pages with the Star of David. Maybe the German paper used that flag and omitted the Jewish symbol?

Roger Moyer, 9 November 1996

It is very possible that the Palestinian adapted that as their flag, however we have no record of such a flag.

Al Bitar (Palestinian Embassy at Bucharest), 13 February 1999

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