The history of the flag of Israel has its genesis in the Zionist
movement. The Zionist movement's goal was to seek the re-establishment
of a home in Eretz - Israel for the Jews. God promised this land to
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Following World War II, the British withdrew from their mandate of
Palestine, and the UN partitioned the area into Arab and Jewish
states, an arrangement rejected by the Arabs.
The early development of the flag of Israel was part of the emergence
of Zionism in the late 19th century. Jacob Askowith and his son
Charles designed the “flag of Judah,” which was displayed on July 21,
1891, at B’nai Zion Temple in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
The flag of Israel is based on the design of the tallit, the prayer
shawl worn by Jewish men (and by some women in Reform and Conservative
congregations) during certain services. The tallit is worn during all