Tuesday, March 8, 2011

FDC from Israel/FDC de l'Israël

The Israeli Flag /Le Drapeau israélien

The flag of Israel (Hebrew: דגל ישראל, Degel Yisrael, Arabic: علم إسرائيل) was adopted on October 28, 1948, five months after the country's establishment. It depicts a blue Star of David on a white background, between two horizontal blue stripes. The blue colour is mandated only as "dark sky-blue", and varies from flag to flag, ranging from a hue of pure blue, sometimes shaded almost as dark as navy blue, to hues about 75% toward pure cyan and shades as light as very light blue. The flag was designed for the Zionist Movement in 1891. The basic design recalls the Tallit, the Jewish prayer shawl, which is white with blue stripes. The hexagram in the centre is the Magen David ("shield of David"). It became a Jewish symbol starting in late medieval Prague, and was adopted by the First Zionist Congress in 1897.
In 2007, an Israeli flag measuring 660 by 100 metres and weighing 5.2 tonnes was unfurled near the ancient Jewish fortress of Masada, breaking the world record for the largest flag.

Le drapeau d'Israël (en hébreu : דגל ישראל, en arabe : علم إسرائيل) est le drapeau national de l'État d'Israël. Il a été adopté par le mouvement sioniste au XIXe siècle et repris lors de la création de l'État en 1948. Il comporte en son centre l'étoile de David, ou « Maguen David » (de l'hébreu littéralement « Bouclier de David »).
Les proportions du drapeau, ses couleurs (blanc et bleu) et les deux bandes horizontales évoquent le talith, châle de prière juif.

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