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[Druze people (Israel)]_[Druze people (Israel)]
images by Dov Gutterman and David Kendall

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The Druze people are 400,000 living in Syria (mainly in the area of Jabal ad-Duruz or Druze Mountains), Lebanon and Israel. The Druze flag is the same in all of them.
Dov Gutterman
, 1 October 1998

Square Variant with 5 Stripes

[Druze Flag, Square Variant with 5 Stripes]
image by Dov Gutterman

During my visit of 2 October 2001 to Mas'ade, the only flags I spotted were Druze flags in 1:1 ratio. When I visited Peqi'in (Buqei'a) in the Galilee, I saw the same flag.
Dov Gutterman, 21 October 2001

Druze troops in Israel Defence Forces

[Druze soldiers in IDF] 2:3
image by Jorge Candeias

During my surfing in Hebrew sites I found a black and white picture showing the flag of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Druze soldiers in 1948. The picture is in the Druze page at Snunit site which is the Jerusalem University site. The flag has four horizontal stripes and a triangle with a Magen David on it. I saw the real IDF flag and the order of stripes is the same as the regular Druze flag (red-yellow-blue-white with a white Magen David on the green hoist triangle).
Dov Gutterman
, 8 September 1998 and 9 May 1999

Unidentified Flag in Beit Jann (1951)

image by Eugene Ipavec, 22 December 2009

My brother, Eli Gutterman, sent me a link to a short film that was taken in Israel in 1951. The film was sponsored by Air France but it is narrated in English. It is a little over 9 minutes and can be seen at <>.
Close to its end, there are scenes from a celebration in the Druze village of Beit Jann in which a unique flag is seen.
The flag is a combination of Druze symbols ((sword, crescents, the inscription in Arabic "Sultan Basha" (a.k.a Sultan Pasha al-Atrash -  a legendary Druze figure and the leader of the Druze revolt of 1925)) and the Israeli Magen David.
Dov Gutterman, 22 October 2008

Unidentified Flag of Sultan Pasha

[Druze UFE (Israel)]
image contributed by Zvi Ruder

I received a fax from Zvi Ruder with a photo of Israeli Druze flag, which I never saw before. I scan the photo which is in poor condition after being processed through fax machine. The Arabic inscription on the flag is Sultan Basha [=Pasha] which is the name of a famous Druze leader.
Dov Gutterman
, 13 September 1999

Incorrect Reported Flag

[Druzes (Israel), probably wrong flag]
image by Ivan Sache

In the Flags of Aspirant Peoples chart appears "28. Druzes - Israel". Horizontal green-red-yellow-blue-white with a white solid Magen David shifted to upper fly (centered on red stripe). Since our experts from Israel report something rather different, I assume this flag is a mistake.
Ivan Sache
, 13 September 1999

There is no way it can have a light blue stripe unless somebody saw a faded flag. It should be dark blue like the image at the top. As I mentioned already, this is a probably ad-hoc flag, and I never saw one like it.
Dov Gutterman
, 14 September 1999

Flag with five-coloured star, probably non-existant

[Flag with five-coloured star, probably non-existant (Israel)]
image by António Martins

Zvi Ruder sent me some information from a report by Günter Mattern of Switzerland and Jarig Bakker translated it:

Lebanon - Druzes
Sheikh Bahshatti Gheith took his seat of honor in the Majlis, the parliamentary room, flanked by two 5-pointed stars, of which each point had a different color — blue, green, yellow, red, white. The 5 colours symbolize the 5 pillars of Islam. Source: Neue Züricher Zeitung, Nr. 103, 4/5 5 96, p. 78

Well, such a star is in common use also in Israel. There is one in the Israel Druze Society website. I may add that there are at least two explanations for the colour scheme. I think the logo-flag in that site [as in the above GIF] is the author's invention by combining the two symbols [flag and star] together.
Dov Gutterman
, 13 September 1999