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Municipality of Lod (Israel)

Iriyat Lod

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[Municipality of Lod (Israel)] 2:3
by Dov Gutterman
Coat-of-arms adopted 13th November 1958

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The municipality of Lod (pop. 100,000) is situated in the middle of the shore plain on the crossroads of the Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem and the North-South roads. It is first mentioned in Egyptian sources dating back to 1500 BC. For generations it was a cultural and spiritual centre to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Its stragetic posision brought many changes in the city rulers. The Greeks, Romans, Crusaders and Ottomans came to Lod and either built it or ruined it. During the Mandate era it was one of the main centres of the British Army, and hosted the main railway station of the central region and also the main airfield, later to become Lod Airport and today Ben-Gurion International Airport, the main Israeli airport.

Lod has an official emblem which includes an ancient gate, a (fig?) tree, two olive branches and the biblical verse "and sons came back to their border" (my translation — I don't know how it is said in English). As usually there is no official flag, but there is an unofficial one, the emblem on a red bedsheet. The emblem on the image above was scanned from a desk flag. Sources: brochure of the Municipality of Lod (1987), desk flag.

Dov Gutterman, 15 August 2001

The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 633, 13 November 1958.

Dov Gutterman, 4 September 2001