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December 09, 2005

Jew hatred at the International Red Cross

What is the difference between these three symbols?


Well, the Red Cross, although derived from the Christian crucifix, is apparently a secular symbol. The Red Crescent, the symbol of the International Muslim Red Cross, derived from the Green Crescent featured on every Muslim nations' flag and a religious icon, is deemed a secular emblem by the International Red Cross.

And the Magen David Adom, the symbol of the Israeli Red Cross? Like its Muslim counterpart, it too is based on a symbol featured -- in this instance -- on the flags of every Jewish nation. Well, actually, on the flag of the only Jewish nation. Also, like its Muslim equivalent, it is derived from a religious symbol, the Star of David.

However, UCLA ConLaw Prof. Eugene Volokh reports that the Israeli Red Cross can join the International Red Cross only if they drop the use of the Star of David in favor of a non-religious symbol, a red diamond:


Now, I know that some will say the Jews are being unduly sensitive, crying "Racism!" and "Anti-Semitism!" at the slightest provocation, so, to quote from a song familiar to many Americans:

One of these things is not like the other;
One of these things doesn't belong . . ."


How are they different? Why is one acceptable as a symbol and one is not?

Why is one considered secular, and the other offensively partisan and provocative?

Go ahead, explain it to me.

Posted by Mike Lief at December 9, 2005 08:09 AM | TrackBack


Of the two symbols above the star of david is commonly associated with Zionism and thus has come to represent a form of racism. Perhaps if Jews were to give up this whole "Chossen by God above all others" thing and consider themselves equal to the rest of us then perhaps this star of david symbol might be tollerable but for now it's no better that a swastika.

Other than that, it's just an uglier shade of red.

Posted by: Wes at January 3, 2006 10:03 AM

Nice. Star of David = swastika.

Wes, the Star of David is the functional equivalent of the Nazi's symbol, even though the Nazis attempted to eradicate an entire people and were responsible for the deaths of conservatively 12 million civilians?

The Nazis fought a war of conquest to take over the Western world. The Israelis want only to keep their small corner of the Middle East. The Israelis have made a point of trying to avoid civilian casualties during 57 years of constant attacks.

Here's the real question for you: if the Star of David -- the symbol of a people who value life over death -- is the same as the swastika, what is the analog for the Muslim Crescent, symbol of groups who conduct honor killings of women, stone adulterers, cut hands off thieves, murder filmmakers, issue death threats against authors, blow up pizza parlors and buses, shoot children at point-blank range, fly airliners into skyscrapers and hack the heads off hostages?

Posted by: Mike at January 3, 2006 10:14 AM

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