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Black Flag and Pink Flag Protest Movement (Israel)

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image by Tomislav Todorovic, 5 January 2020

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Since 2019 the Israeli "Black Flag Movement" has sought the removal from office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Bill Garrison, 9 January 2021


Flags derived from Israeli national flag by replacing blue and white colors with white and black, respectively were used by the participants of the rally in Tel Aviv on 2019-05-25, which was organized as the protest against the then government's proposed legislation which would grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution over corruption charges, as well as radically limit the powers of the Supreme Court, the latter being considered as an effort to prevent any similar future prosecutions.
The photos from the rally can be viewed here:
and here:
Tomislav Todorovic, 5 January 2020

image located by Bill Garrison, 9 January 2021

Protesters wearing masks wave Israeli and black flags as a sign of protest, during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's caretaker government, accusing it of undemocratic measures, outside the Knesset in Jerusalem, March 25, 2020.
Bill Garrison, 9 January 2021

image located by Bill Garrison, 9 January 2021

The second photo shows a different black flag with white lettering in Hebrew.
Anti-Netanyahu protesters at Havatzelet Hasharon Junction, Saturday, December 12, 2020.
Bill Garrison, 9 January 2021

I am not so certain that this is really a flag - could be just a demonstration poster. However, note also the pink flags carried by some of the protesters, seemingly plain, but there's another photo in the same page:, which reveals a black inscription on yellow background, diagonally oriented (a label, perhaps) in top fly corner:,fl_lossy/t_Article2016_ControlFaceDetect/467874

More photos of pink flags, also plain: and of a pink flag with black inscription, possibly the same as the white inscription on black flag/poster in William's image:

Plain pink flag is currently presented at the FOTW-ws as an LGBT symbol, with no verified use in Israel, where it is now clearly used in a different capacity.

Several photos of plain pink flags and one photo of a pink flag/poster with black inscription, identical typeface as in William's image:

More photos of pink flags and a pink poster with the said inscription in black:

Tomislav Todorovic, 9 January 2021

image located by Bill Garrison, 9 January 2021

The third bottom photo shows a black-white Israeli flag instead of the usual blue-white national flag.
Protesters wave a black flag, an Israeli flag and an Israeli flag with the colors inverted, outside the Knesset in Jerusalem on March 19, 2020.
Bill Garrison, 9 January 2021

Pink flags

  images by Tomislav Todorovic, 25 July 2021

At an image shows an Israeli flag with pink instead of blue. The caption states, "Members of "The Pink Front," a group of protesters demanding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over corruption allegations, hold white/pink-colored Israeli flags (instead of the usual white/blue colors) during a weekly anti-Netanyahu demonstration, in Jerusalem"
October 24, 2020. REUTERS/Corinna Ker

A pink display that has now become iconic for the protest was the re-enactment of the Ink Flag hoisting, a major event of Israel's Independence War, when Israeli soldiers raised a homemade flag after reaching the shores of the Red Sea.
Bill Garrison, 22 July 2021

More photos of plain pink flags and Israeli flags with pink instead of blue:

The shade of pink seems to vary somewhat, although those variations seem to be partly caused by the varying conditions under which the photos were taken. Also, the repainted Israeli flags seem to be more oblong than the actual national flag.
Tomislav Todorovic, 25 July 2021