A flag for envisioning the future of Israel-Palestine, Jewish-Muslim solidarity, Mizrahi-Sephardi histories. A flag of peace & resistance. ✌🏾🖐🏼✊🏽
The colors of the flag are turquoise and copper. Together, in juxtaposition, they signify activation. In some craft traditions, a turquoise stone is used as the eye at the center of the hamsa. In the case of the Hamsa Flag, the turquoise eye has been abstracted into the background to form an ocean of turquoise behind the open palm. Copper, the element (Cu), is the the compound, once oxidized in water, that creates Turquoise. Therefore copper is the source of the activated, and sparked, turquoise.
Thus the flag’s image reveals an elemental, latent source resting on the backdrop of an activated Turquoise expanse. The hamsa in this formation is designed to represent a vast, shifting, hybrid community of many tribes–and beyond the very notion of tribe–of many nations– and beyond the very notion of nation–emerging from a common elemental source.
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The hamsa is an apotropaic symbol: a symbol that attracts the viewer's eye while turning it away (from the Greek: apo, away, tropos, turn). The hamsa is usually used, or worn, as a protective ward. By placing the hamsa on a flag, the object intends to serve as a collective ward against negativity of all kinds.