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Magen David Adom, MADA

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[Red Shield of David (Israel)] (8:11)
image by Thanh-Tâm Lê

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Magen David Adom (Red Shield of David) is the Israel equivalent to the Red Cross, the flag is a red magen David on a white bedsheet. As far as I know it is only in use in Israel. 'MADA' is the short name of this organization, based on its initials.

Dov Gutterman, 9 March 1999

Their symbol is (predictably) a red Star of David, which is the only reason they are not officially recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

A.H., 29 November 1999

Magen David Adom uses this flag, however there is no official status for the flag. I suppose that the flag ought to be 8:11 as the Israeli flag, however, as usual here, the actual flags used are 2:3.

Dov Gutterman, 29 November 1999

Flag Variants

[Magen David Adom (Israel), 3:5 variant] (3:5)
image by A.H.

In a photo sent to my wife by a pen pal in Israel, who like my wife is involved with Emergency Medical Systems, the mogen David is depicted both on the side of their ambulance and on a flag in the background as being a solid six-pointed star. This may be a variation.

Dave Martucci, 29 November 1999

The image by Thanh-Tâm Lê shows a 8:11 flag with a magen David about half as high as the flag's hoist. Alvin Helms's image shows the flag as 3:5 and the emblem being about 2/3rds of the flag's hoist. Which is correct? I guess the ratio should (at least officially) be 8:11 as most Israeli flags.

Santiago Dotor, 4 February 2000

There is no official MADA flag, so there are no regulations or such concerning the ratio of the flag or the emblem size. When Thanh-Tâm Lê drew his image, I compared it to an actual flag and made some corrections. In my opinion, what was done by MADA is taking a national flag, removing the stripes and changing the colour of the emblem. The official ratio of the national flag is 8:11, but it is very common to see them as 2:3 (actually it seems there are more 2:3's than 8:11's). I suggest that since it is obviously based on the national flag, we should show it as 8:11.

Dov Gutterman, 4 February 2000

I am a former MADA employee and I wanted to assure you that until this moment no official height-width ratio for the MADA flag has been established (...) thus all ratios are accepted (even for official purposes).

Shahar T. Yahalom, 2 November 2002

The emblem of Magen David Adom (simply red Magen David on white, no specifications) was officialized by law. No mention of the flag, however.

Dov Gutterman, 17 September 2001

Car Flag

[Magen David Adom (Israel), 3:5 variant]
image by Dov Gutterman, 19 June 2003

A car flag with inscription was hoisted om the ambulances.

Dov Gutterman, 19 June 2003