Saturday, August 27, 2011

22nd Day: New Palestinian Symbols for the Revolution?

I was trying to be slightly creative today.
I thought, what if I had the choice to change the Palestinian national flag, anthem, and choose an animal or a bird to represent us?

Here's what I concluded:
1- It was hard for me to escape the general design and color scheme of a typical Palestinian Flag. (Three Stripes, a Triangle, and the colors Red, Black, White and Green.)
the Mourning Weatear (Oenanthe lugens)
2- Surprisingly, I could not think of a single "national" mammal, I could only think of birds. The birds were all local to Palestine (some of them immigrate and come back).
3-These birds were: the Mourning Weatear (Oenanthe lugens) whose name and color could not be anymore appropriate and symbolic to our history; and the Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) whose Arabic name is: Malik al-Lail al-Hazin or Wistful Night's King.
3- The national anthem was back to "Mawtini", currently used as Iraq's national anthem.
4- Flag #4, turned out to be the Hukumat 'umum Filastin All-Palestine Government Flag, a quasi-government that served under the Egyptian military rule of Gaza Strip following the defeat of the Arabs in 1948 war. The flag won't be adopted by me at any time.

the Mourning Weatear (Oenanthe lugens)

the Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)