Red Cross to adopt new neutral symbol

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 | 
The International Red Cross Movement in Geneva is due to approve the addition of a neutral symbol so organizations such as Magen David Adom, Israel's rescue, blood supply and first-aid organization, can be a full-fledged member. Currently the Christian red cross and the Muslim red crescent are accepted as symbols, but the star of David never has been. Israel has refused to use either of those symbols while Muslim countries prevented recognition of the Red Star of David. If the International Red Cross approves the new neutral symbol, a crystal (diamond-shaped), Israel plans to adopt it and will be eligible to receive money to improve its rescue services, a long-awaited benefit. Any nation can accept one of the symbols and become members with full rights. MDA officials said that its ambulances, buildings and uniforms will continue to bear the Red Star of David “with pride” and that only when they are abroad would it use the crystal.

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