GENEVA, Switzerland, June 22 (UPI) -- The International Red Cross and Red Crescent have voted in Switzerland to admit Israel and add a Red Crystal to their emblems.
The vote came in Geneva, where delegates voted to include the Palestine Red Crescent Society, and Israel's Magen David Adom service.
Israel has sought membership in the international organization for decades, but resisted the religious symbolism of the Christian cross and Muslim crescent.
The use of the red crystal will provide additional protection to war victims and humanitarian workers in conflict or disaster situations where the cross or crescent cannot be used, the organizations said in a statement.
The ICRC, the International Federation and National Societies could use the red crystal temporarily and in exceptional circumstances, but no state or national society is obliged to make any change to the emblem it uses, the statement said.