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The Sacred Flag of Rebellions

The Arab Revolt flag was used by Arab Nationalists who rebelled against Ottoman Empire during World War 1.

The time when Ottomans were busy defending their soil from enemy’s hands, the Arabs rebelled and back stabbed Ottomans. They killed thousands of Ottoman soldiers and looted weapons and trains. Arabs were helped by British ARMY that was stationed in  Egypt. Arabs and British had quite ignorable relations before World War 1 but during this war Arabs and Britain found a common interest, i.e. The fall of Ottoman Empire.

Britain empowered the rebels and provided them with everything they needed to weaken the Ottoman Empire. They got guns, explosives and even their flag from Britain. Yes, their flag was also made by an English.

The flag was designed by the British diplomat “Sir Mark Sykes”, in an effort to create a feeling of “Arab-ness” in order to fuel the revolt. Although the Arab Revolt was only very limited in scope and concerted by the British rather than by Arabs themselves, the flag influenced the national flags of a number of emerging Arab states after World War I. Flags inspired by that of the Arab revolt include those of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Sudan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, the Palestinian national movement (also used by the PLO and by the Palestinian Authority), Somali land, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Libya.

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