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Local Council of Azor (Israel)

Mo'atza Mekomit Azor

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[Local Council of Azor (Israel)] 2:3
by Dov Gutterman
Coat-of-arms adopted 30th July 1970

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Local Council Azor is situated on the Jaffa-Jerusalem old main road (now Road 44), SE of Tel-Aviv. It was established in 1948 and named after the ancient city of Azor whose name —meaning defence belt— was kept in the name of the previous Arabic village of Yazur, a battlefield in the 1948 war. Pop. 10,000. There are five elements in the emblem:

  • The old Jaffa-Jerusalem road is symbolized by the black diagonal line.
  • Seven stars symbolize the seven guards that were ambushed and killed here while breaking a way to Jerusalem in the Independence war. They also gave name to the nearby Mikhlaf Ha'Shiva'a (The Seven Interchange) and the settlement Mishmar Ha'Shiva'a (guard of the seven).
  • The fort in the upper part symbolize the historical sites in the area.
  • The Tzabar bushes symbolize the old Arabic village.
  • The buildings in the bottom part symbolize the new building of the Local Council and its industry.
Mr. Moshe Hakim, General Manager of the Local Council wrote me that it used [as unofficial flag] an unofficial emblem on monochrome background with no specific preferred colour. I used purple as the background of the symbol in the map/info brochure that was sent to me. Sources: letter of 23 August 2001; map/info brochure of Local Council Azor (source for the emblem), 1996; local webpage.

Dov Gutterman, 3 September 2001

The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 1650, 30 July 1970.

Dov Gutterman, 4 September 2001