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The Palestinian flag () is based on the Flag of the Arab Revolt, and is used to represent the Palestinian people (since 1964Flags of the World: <br/>Quote: "Flag Adopted: between 1964 and 1974."), and the Palestinian Authority.


The flag consists of three equal horizontal stripes (black, white, and green from top to bottom) overlaid by a red triangle issuing from the hoist. These are the Pan-Arab colors. The flag is almost identical to that of the Baath Party, and very similar to the flags of Jordan, and Western Sahara, all of which draw their inspiration from the Arab Revolt against Ottoman rule (1916–1918). Prior to being the flag of Palestine, it was the flag of the short lived Arab Federation of Iraq and Jordan. The flag of the Arab Revolt had the same graphic form, but the colours were arranged differently (white on the bottom, rather than in the middle).


The origins of the flag are the subject of dispute and mythology. In one version, the colours were chosen by the Arab nationalist 'Literary Club' in Constantinople in 1909, based on the words of the thirteenth century Arab poet Safi a-Din al-Hili:

Ask the high rising spears, of our aspirations<br/>Bring witness the swords, did we lose hope<br/>We are a band, honor halts our souls<br/>Of beginning with harm, those who won’t harm us<br/>White are our deeds, black are our battles,<br/>Green are our fields, red are our...
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