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Magen David Adom, MADA

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[Red Shield of David (Israel)] (8:11) image by Thanh-Tâm Lê

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Magen David Adom (Red Shield of David) is the Israel equivalent to the Red Cross, the flag is a red Magen David on a white bed-sheet. As far as I know it is only in use in Israel. "MADA" is the short name of this organization, based on its initials.
Dov Gutterman, 9 March 1999

Magen David Adom uses this flag, however there is no official status for the flag. I suppose that the flag ought to be 8:11 as the Israeli flag, however, as usual here, the actual flags used are 2:3.
Dov Gutterman, 29 November 1999

Flag Variants

[Magen David Adom (Israel), 3:5 variant] (3:5) image by Alvin Helms

In a photo sent to my wife by a pen pal in Israel, who like my wife is involved with Emergency Medical Systems, the mogen David is depicted both on the side of their ambulance and on a flag in the background as being a solid six-pointed star. This may be a variation.
Dave Martucci, 29 November 1999

The image by Thanh-Tâm Lê shows a 8:11 flag with a magen David about half as high as the flag's hoist. Alvin Helms' image shows the flag as 3:5 and the emblem being about 2/3 of the flag's hoist. Which is correct? I guess the ratio should (at least officially) be 8:11 as most Israeli flags.
Santiago Dotor
, 4 February 2000

There is no official MADA flag, so there are no regulations or such concerning the ratio of the flag or the emblem size. When Thanh-Tâm Lê drew his image, I compared it to an actual flag and made some corrections. In my opinion, what was done by MADA is taking a national flag, removing the stripes and changing the colour of the emblem. The official ratio of the national flag is 8:11, but it is very common to see them as 2:3 (actually it seems there are more 2:3's than 8:11's). I suggest that since it is obviously based on the national flag, we should show it as 8:11.
Dov Gutterman
, 4 February 2000

I am a former MADA employee and I wanted to assure you that until this moment no official height-width ratio for the MADA flag has been established (...) thus all ratios are accepted (even for official purposes).
Shahar T. Yahalom
, 2 November 2002

The emblem of Magen David Adom (simply red Magen David on white, no specifications) was officialized by law. No mention of the flag, however.
Dov Gutterman
, 17 September 2001

[Magen David Adom (Israel), 3:5 variant] image by Tomislav Šipek

This variant with text, from
Tomislav Šipek, 24 October 2018

Car Flag

[Magen David Adom (Israel), 3:5 variant] image by Dov Gutterman

A car flag with inscription was hoisted on the ambulances.
Dov Gutterman, 19 June 2003