For more than 60 years, the Red Cross has been a savior in a sea of hurt. However, for 60 years, this has excluded Jewish inclusiveness into its organization. Why, might you ask, would the Red Cross allow its ambulances to carry terrorist bombers in its International Red Crescent trucks? And why, might you ask, would the Red Cross allow the symbolism associated with Islamic nations to be plastered on its ambulance trucks, but not the “Jewish Star?”
That is a good question, and one that has still gone unanswered after more than 60 years of its operation. For most of its years, the Red Cross would not even admit the Jewish Red Magen David Adom (Israel’s “Red Shield of David”) agency into its operations. Even with its reputation among the top in the world for its medical care, Israel has not been allowed to be part of this organization which has allowed the Muslim crescent-and-star symbol to operate.
There have been ongoing responses from the Red Cross, stating that the symbol of the cross is really not associated with Christianity, and is a medical symbol. A similar argument has been used by countries which use a depiction of the cross upon their national flags — stating that the Cross had nothing to do with Christianity (although we all know that this is a farce, and that, indeed, it does — the argument is used just so that they can portray the symbol without penalty).
Finally, in recent years, Israel would be allowed to be a member of the organization if it would abide by new regulations stating that it should change its symbol to a red “crystal,” a red rectangular object of no particular significance, so that it would not offend anyone. And pray tell, why should the Jewish star be offensive to some, whereas the cross and crescent would not? Under these symbols, the Jewish people have been persecuted and killed for millenia! Yes, read that right — millenia! And it still goes on to this day. And this is not supposed to be offensive?
So, I do not understand why there was supposedly a recent full-page ad taken out in newspapers to boycott support for Magen David Adom. I disagree wholeheartedly with this effort! Magen David Adom must be supported! It is the only non-partisan medical staff of the three which will accord human rights to ALL, regardless of religion, race, or creed.
Please support Magen David Adom, so that the victims of Kassem and Katyusha rockets in Israel can be transported to facilities where they will be cared for by medical staff of all religious and national backgrounds, and so that the victims, who may be comprised of all nations (Israel has amongst the most diverse backgrounds of people in the world) may be treated indiscriminately.
Staff: Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA). “Red Cross: Palestine Red Crescent Society Acted Impartially in Attack on Jewish Family”. November 18, 2015; Jta.org: http://www.jta.org/2015/11/18/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/red-cross-palestine-red-crescent-society-acted-impartially-in-attack-on-jewish-family/
Jewish Press News Briefs. “Hamas Caught Using Cancer Patient to Smuggle Explosives into Israel”. Jewish Press.com; April 19, 2017:
Pileggi, Tamar. “Red Cross Asked to Expel MDA Over Emblem Violation,” September 20, 2015; The Times of Israel: http://www.timesofisraelcom./red-cross-to-weigh-expelling-mda-over-emblem-violation/
Volli, Ugo. “Sparare Sulla Croce Rossa”, May 13, 2013; Rassegna Stampa/Rubriche/Cartoline, Informazione Corretta: http://www.informazionecorretta.com/main.php?mediaId=&sez=280&id=49159
Kurtzman, Daniel. ” Red Cross Knew of Nazi Death Camps, Records Show”, January 3, 1997; jweekly.com: http://www.jweekly.com/4807/full/4807/red-cross-knew-of-nazi-death-camps-records-show/
Mayer, Jane. “Fallout at the Red Cross”, December 24, 2001; The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2001/12/24/fallout-at-the-red-cross/