S & A in progress i.e., people burning alive right now, people being crushed to death right now

johnhall johnhall@isomedia.com
Fri, 21 Mar 2003 15:26:11 -0800


http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Health/mda.html


International Red Cross Discriminates
Against Israeli "Red Cross"

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Despite its valorous track record, the Magen David Adom Society is not
recognized by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
This is because it is unwilling to adopt the Red Cross or Red Crescent
as its emblem, choosing rather to use the Red Shield of David, whose use
in the field of humanitarian relief dates to 1930.

The symbol of the Red Cross, the inverted flag of Switzerland, does not
have an inherent religious significance. However, when in 1929, Islamic
states insisted on the inclusion of the emblem of the Red Crescent, the
juxtaposed emblems of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent came to have a
religious implication.

As a result, short of adopting either emblem, the Magen David Adom is
excluded from membership to the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies.

Since 1993, UN Watch has systematically lobbied the International
Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies at their Geneva headquarters, as well as the
American Red Cross, to urge them to admit the Magen David Adom to the
international fraternity. Furthermore, the Chairman of UN Watch,
Ambassador Morris Abram, is one of eighteen experts appointed by the
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and charged with
finding a favorable resolution to the emblem issue.

In times of conflict, the Red Shield of David has "customary"
recognition as the emblem used by the medical services of the armed
forces. Under international humanitarian law it must be respected in the
same way as the Red Cross or the Red Crescent.

The humanitarian work carried out by the Magen David Adom and other
National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is too important to be
enmeshed in politics. The Magen David Adom is an organization whose
effectiveness, honor and integrity are globally recognized. The fact
that its choice of emblem bans it from membership in the International
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is untenable.

The ethical cornerstone of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent
Movement is a shared desire to ensure that civilization operates morally
and compassionately, particularly during times of war. Israel, as much
as any country, deserves to be included within that circle of
civilization.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: fork-admin@xent.com [mailto:fork-admin@xent.com] On Behalf Of
> sateesh narahari
> Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 3:02 PM
> To: fork@xent.com
> Subject: RE: S & A in progress i.e., people burning alive right now,
> people being crushed to death right now
> 
> > Although they remain anti-Semitic enough to deny the
> > Israeli chapter.
> 
> http://www.icrc.org/Web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/htmlall/israel?OpenDocument
> 
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