Wednesday, September 14, 2005
MDA and the Red Magen David - An Obsolete Symbol?
The International Red Cross, and Red Crescent Organizations are considering for the first time in history, accepting into its ranks, Magen David Adom, Israel's national emergency medical organization.
Part of the story is reported here in English (the additional info is in the Hebrew link)
1. MDA needs to part with its symbol - the Red Magen David. (Star of David) and accept the "internationally accepted" Red Cross and Red Crescent symbols.
2. MDA emergency workers will not be allowed to carry weapons of any kind.
Unfortunately, the MDA is seriously considering the offer. They don't see the importance of the actual symbol; the bottom line is saving lives. Carrying weapons? Reduction of personal safety of MDA medics is a small price to pay, considering the honor of being part of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
As a volunteer MDA EMT medic and ambulance driver, I'm appalled by this announcement. I carry a weapon for self defense; MDA ambulances are stoned countless times by Arabs (even when going to help them), and its suicidal to drive in parts of Israel and Judea/Samaria without a handgun for self-defense.
Lets start a poll - please let me know if you think its the right thing to do to forgo the symbol of the Magen David Adom, the Red Star of David, and the right to carry a handgun for self defense, in exchange for acceptance of the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent.
If MDA would accept this, I would not want to volunteer anymore for an organization, so embarrassed of its Judaism.
Posted by Jameel @ The Muqata