The Hamsa Flag 

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 (Cu) is the element that, once oxidized in water, creates the compound turquoise. Therefore copper is the source of the activated, and sparked, turquoise. Taken further: the copper/turquoise flag may signify political activation, spiritual activation, and/or communal activation.

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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Wave Hamsa (2017)

Wave Hamsa (2017)


For inquiries into custom printing and designing versions of the Hamsa Flag email: tmhaviv@gmail.com

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.

You  can read more about the project's journey in this essay published in January 2018 in the PROTOCOLS. You can also find Hebrew & Arabic translations on the Facebook Page under Our Story.

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Banner adapted for The Program for Jewish-Arabic Cultural Studies @ Tel Aviv University, 2018

Banner adapted for The Program for Jewish-Arabic Cultural Studies @ Tel Aviv University, 2018

Sephardi | Mizrahi Banner (2017)

Sephardi | Mizrahi Banner (2017)

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Hamsa Banner (One And Many) (2017)

Hamsa Banner (One And Many) (2017)

Starburst Hamsa (2016)

Starburst Hamsa (2016)

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