MEDIA RELEASES

AIJAC welcomes moves to end Red Cross discrimination

Nov 9, 2006

Media Release

 

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs (AIJAC) today said it welcomed the decision to add an additional emblem, the red crystal, to the red cross and the red crescent, for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the Federation).

AIJAC Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein explained, “For too long, the Israeli equivalent, the Magen David Adom (MDA) or Red Star of David, has been discriminatorily prevented from joining the Federation, purportedly because its symbol was incompatible with the symbols acknowledged by the Federation.

“With the adoption of this third emblem, the MDA should now be able to take its rightful place among its equivalent humanitarian organisations in the Federation, with the Star of David placed inside the crystal.”

The Diplomatic Conference in Geneva amended the Geneva Conventions to allow the use of the third emblem, but there is still one more step to complete the process. A conference next year of the Federation will need to amend the statutes of the movement to allow this change to be implemented.

Referring to past efforts by some Arab states and their supporters to use this as yet another way to segregate Israel from the world community, Dr Rubenstein said, “We hope and trust that the final step will be no more than a formality that will see an end to this cynical and discriminatory politicisation of the humanitarian movement.”

Dr Rubenstein concluded, “AIJAC has been discussing this issue with the Australian Red Cross (ARC) for a number of years, and we would like to express our appreciation for the efforts of the ARC to bring about this outcome.”

For more information, contact Dr. Colin Rubenstein on: (03)-9681-6660 or 0418 339 721 or at aijac@aijac.org.au.

Tags:

RELATED ARTICLES


Image: Shutterstock

AIJAC mourns Queen Elizabeth II

Sep 9, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
Screen Shot 2022 08 15 At 3.07.11 Pm

Joint statement by AIJAC, ECAJ, ZFA, JCCV, ZV and AUJS on Melbourne University Student Union motion

Aug 15, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
(Source: Pixabay)

AIJAC welcomes NSW Nazi symbol ban

Aug 15, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
Image: Shutterstock

AIJAC welcomes Gaza ceasefire

Aug 8, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
(Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/ Shutterstock)

AIJAC condemns targeting of Israeli civilians by Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Aug 7, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases
(Source: Pixabay)

AIJAC welcomes Victorian swastika ban, and introduction of similar NSW legislation

Jun 22, 2022 | Featured, Media Releases

SIGN UP FOR AIJAC EMAILS

RECENT POSTS

A Russian-operated Iranian Mohajer-6 drone, recently downed and captured intact by Ukraine

Western Silence on Iran’s Material Support for Russia is Deafening

Image: Isranet

Deconstruction Zone: The Joy of Concrete 

President in waiting? Mahmoud Abbas’ designated successor Hussein al-Sheikh (Image: Twitter)

A successor to Abbas?

Golda Meir: A complex woman who succeeded in Israeli politics at a time when it was grossly sexist, but refused to term herself a feminist (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Biblio File: Gold Meir, Feminist?

Then Israeli PM Naftali Bennett with Bahraini leaders: Who could have predicted how far relations would progress in security and economic terms in two short years (Image: Flickr)

Two years of transformation

A Russian-operated Iranian Mohajer-6 drone, recently downed and captured intact by Ukraine

Western Silence on Iran’s Material Support for Russia is Deafening

Image: Isranet

Deconstruction Zone: The Joy of Concrete 

President in waiting? Mahmoud Abbas’ designated successor Hussein al-Sheikh (Image: Twitter)

A successor to Abbas?

Golda Meir: A complex woman who succeeded in Israeli politics at a time when it was grossly sexist, but refused to term herself a feminist (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Biblio File: Gold Meir, Feminist?

Then Israeli PM Naftali Bennett with Bahraini leaders: Who could have predicted how far relations would progress in security and economic terms in two short years (Image: Flickr)

Two years of transformation

SORT BY TOPICS