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A desk flag version of the Chairman's Standard could be seen in a photograph [similar to this one in Der Spiegel] published in Yediot Akhronot newspaper of June 8th of a meeting between Chairman Arafat (his official title is Chairman of the Palestinian National Authority, not president) and the German foreign minister.
Anonymous, 11 Jun 2001
The word ra'is, which is Mahmoud Abbas's title in Arabic, is correctly translated as either president or chairman. A "ra'is al-jumhuriya" is a president of the republic, while a "ra'is majlis al-wuzara" is a president of the council of ministers, or prime minister.
Joseph McMillan, 16 Aug 2005
His official title is "Chairman of the Palestinian National Authority." Nevertheless. he is refereed to by the Palestinians as "Ra'is" which is literally means "head" and is short for "Ra'is al'Dewila" or "Head of the State," and is usually used in reference to Arab leaders who are not royalty.
Dov Gutterman, 25 Apr 2005
BBC World television channel showed yesterday Javier Solana, the European Union foreign affairs representative, meeting Yasser Arafat. They were seating at a table which displayed three desktop flags:
I found strange the simultaneous and official display of two versions of the Palestinian flag – one with a quarter-length triangle, the other with a half-length one – suggesting that the first one is correct on the plain flag while the latter is used on other (which?) flags. We used to show a half-length-triangle flag on FOTW because it was identified as correct by the PASSIA or Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs.
Santiago Dotor, 26 Jul 2001
German weekly magazine Der Spiegel, no. 24/2001, 11th June 2001, showed a photograph of a small Palestinian presidential flag. As we do not yet have an image of this flag I tried a first, very crude reconstruction.
Marcus Schmöger, 18 Aug 2001
During president Arafat's talk on TV on 16 December 2001, I noticed that his personal flag had slightly changed, with respect to what I reported in 1999: on top of the swords there is now a golden Saladin eagle. Also the flag is now golden fringed [possibly only on indoor versions] and the lower band was dark green.
Armand Noel du Payrat, 18 Dec 2001
It's interesting that it would seem that the police, chairman and state flags are basicaly the same with only the symbol moved around the field to differientiate them.
Marc Pasquin, 15 Nov 2004
On a colour photo I saw of president Arafat's bureau, there was a triband black over white over light blue (instead of green), with 2 crossed golden swords surrounded by palms in the white band: is that the official flag or a different one?
Armand Noel du Payrat, 15 Feb 1999
The Presidential Flag is flown only at the Presidential office and higher government officials (ministers, etc.). It is an exact replica of the common flag, the only difference being the golden swords and the palm trees placed in the corner [sic – centre?] of the white strip.
Al Bitar (Palestinian Embassy at Bucharest), 15 Feb 1999