GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Discussions are under way in Geneva for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent to add a Red Crystal emblem to allow Israel's global participation.
The new design is intended as a neutral emblem that could be used by humanitarian workers in parts of the world where the existing emblems are deemed unacceptable, The Independent reported Tuesday.
Since independence in 1948, Israel has refused to let its equivalent of the Red Cross, the Magen David Adom Society, use either of the cross or crescent designs.
Representatives from the 192 countries that signed onto the Geneva Conventions are debating the addition, and standing by earlier rulings that the Star of David is primarily a national, religious and politically charged symbol. Arab member states have said that the use of such an emblem would be unacceptable on their territory.
Israel has said it is prepared to use the crystal symbol outside its borders, the report said.