The English national flower is the rose, right? The rose, however, is not confined to the British Isles alone. There are species of roses native to Europe, but also to North America and to Asia, including Japan.
Needless to say, however, nobody accuses the English of "stealing" the rose for their emblem.
The Scottish national flower is the thistle, yet the thistle is not confined to Scotland alone. Its native habitat stretches from Portugal to Scandinavia to Kazakhstan.
Needless to say, however, nobody accuses Scotland of "stealing" the thistle, just as no one accuses France of stealing the lily ("fleur de lis"), and so on.
I think you have guessed what's coming...
The much-loved pretty little red "crown anemone" (anemone coronaria), known in Hebrew as calanit metzouva, from the word for "bride", grows wild throughout the immediate region, and figures in local legends.
In the image above it's seen on an Israeli poster dating to 1949.
In 2013, following a poll, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel declared it their country's national flower.
Needless to say, just as Israel has been accused to stealing a "Palestinian" bird, so it's been accused of stealing a "Palestinian" flower.
In this potty example of the charge, the accusation is that the anemone coronaria has been declared a "Jewish flower":
Gives a whole new meaning to "flower power", doesn't it?
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