Yup, it’s time for the Red Cross to show us all how biased they can be. Muslims can have their Red Crescent, Christians can have their Red Cross. For some strange reason, although Israel has its own Magen David Adom (Red Star of David) organization, it has been disallowed from being part of the international Red Cross. After decades of trying to get into the movement and being refused (for bullshit bureaucratic reasons, although they claim the reasons are legitimate) and even while Muslim nations were able to support and introduce their own Red Crescent into the movement, Israel was denied entry of its organization into the MDA. This meant that funds, for example, that were available to others, were unavailable to Israel. It also meant that when Israel wanted to be part of a humanitarian aid effort, it was often denied the same rights as other groups, a matter of national honor.
Finally, after decades, it appears that the US was able to pressure the international MDA to find a compromise. The compromise? Well, the Red Cross remains as a symbol, the Red Crescent remains as a symbol, but the Magen David will only be shown in Israel. Outside of Israel, there will be a new diamond shaped box and when Israel wants to assist, they may insert a small magen david into the diamond.
Well, this week the proposal is up for a vote and, surprise of surprises, one of the Arab or Muslim members of the international Red Cross has put up some sort of roadblock that is forcing the movement to shelve the voting temporarily. Personally, I am glad they are doing this and hope they kill the possibility of allowing Israel into the movement. After all, why should Israel and Jews accept this inferior status where somehow the symbol which represents us is devalued? Let them put their cross and crescent inside the diamond. If they refuse, let the star of David be well represented and stop treating it as a pariah. If they can’t, isn’t it better to keep out of the Red Cross movement but maintain our pride rather than be supplicants at a table where we are clearly unwanted? Are our doctors, nurses, paramedics and desire to help any less worthy than theirs?
You can see the story and a photo of the diamond at Jerusalem Post.
Update: The motion passed and the MDA is now officially part of the international Red Cross.