This design, the latest iteration in the Hamsa Flag Project, was created to accompany the release of founder Tom Haviv's debut book of poetry “A Flag of No Nation,” published by Jewish Currents Press in 2019.
*This summer (2021), Ayin Press will be donating proceeds from the Hamsa Flag to Combatants for Peace, a binational movement of Palestinians and Israelis resisting the occupation, and working toward an equitable and just shared future.*
Jews, Muslims, and Christians, Arabs, Turks, and Kurds, people in the Balkans and across North Africa have all been wearing and displaying the hamsa in some form as a spiritual emblem for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
The colors of the flag—turquoise and copper—together signify activation. Copper (Cu) is the element that, once oxidized in water, creates the compound turquoise. Therefore, copper is the source of the activated potential that is turquoise. Taking this further as metaphor, the copper and turquoise flag suggests the potential for political, spiritual, and communal activation inherent within each one of us.
The Hebrew and Arabic on the flag both translate to the phrase “Unity and Multiplicity.” Translation credit to Irene Siegel and Stav Palti.