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Finally, Israel Admitted to the Red Cross

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:26 pm
by Ralph
Red Cross OKs plan for Israel membership
6/21/2006, 10:07 p.m. ET
The Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — The Red Cross admitted Israel to the worldwide humanitarian organization early Thursday, ending decades of exclusion linked to the Jewish state's refusal to accept the traditional cross symbol.

The approval came in the early hours Thursday following a two-day International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

With a round of applause the Red Cross federation admitted Israel's Magen David Adom society simultaneously with the Palestine Red Crescent. An optional new emblem was adopted so that Israel could retain its red star of David instead of having to adopt the red cross or crescent used by the 184 other societies in the global movement.