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Yesterday, on a newscast on the situation in the Middle East, I saw a Palestinian flag behind Yasser Arafat, with some white and yellow drawings on the black stripe, near the red triangle. The flag was folded and the footage was short, so I only cought a glimpse of it. Could this be some kind of presidential standard or state flag – if such a thing exists for Palestine?
Jorge Candeias, 04 Dec 1997
On a black and white photo of president Arafat's visit to Hebron in September 1997 there were two crossed swords under Saladin's eagle in the upper hoist corner of black band of the Palestinian flag: what is the use of this other flag?
Armand du Payrat, 15 Feb 1999
The Official Flag is flown on official holidays only. The same basic layout of triband and triangle applies, the only exception being the eagle of Salahidin – also the official emblem of Palestine, Egypt, and many others – and the two swords.
Al Bitar (Palestinian Embassy at Bucharest), 15 Feb 1999
It's interesting that it would seem that the police, chairman and state flags are basicaly the same with only the symbol moved around the field to differientiate them.
Marc Pasquin, 15 Nov 2004[high-quality photo of a state flag]; [another high-quality photo of a state flag]
contributors unknown, Nov 2005
So it seems we have reports of several kinds of defaced Palestinian flags used officially:
I just happened to see a TV report about Israel and the Arabs (ARTE, 15 March 2006, 20.40h-21.40h). There again the third type was seen as table flag with Arafat.
So there are at least three possible solutions:
Marcus Schmöger, 15 Mar 2006
images by Eugene Ipavec, 08 May 2007
I have seen the Palestinian president's flag three times on German TV. Unfortunately the flags were, though not furled, standing in a row in the president's office and therefore hanging downward, so it was impossible to see their exact ratio. For reasons of design I chose the variant with a slim triangle at the hoist.
It is interesting that all the flags seemed to be different. I believe, I have seen at least one time one of those flags which have been described in FOTW by Armand du Payrat and Al Bitar on 15 February 1999. All flags have in common small images of the coat of arms on the black stripe in the upper hoist.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 07 Jan 2007
Eugene Ipavec, 08 May 2007