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Municipality of Qiryat Gat (Israel)

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[Municipality of Qiryat Gat (Israel)] 2:3
by Dov Gutterman
Coat-of-arms adopted 31st May 1973

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In spite of its name, Qiryat Gat is not in the Qrayot area but in the South, 56 km south of Tel-Aviv, 43 km north of Be'er Sheva and 68 km from Jerusalem. Its name comes from the Biblical town of Gat. The area was a major battlefield in the 1948 war and a scene of many clashes between the Egyptian Army and the IDF. At that time it was called Falujah Pocket, later to be remembered in Plogot road cross near Qiryat Gat on the main road from north to south. Qiryat Gat is the major city of Lakhish region. It was established in September 1955 and has 53,000 inh. An item worth mentioning is that Qiryat Gat is the hometown of Israeli President Mr Moshe Katzav (formerly also its Mayor).

From a document sent to me by the municipality (my translation):

Municipal Emblem:
  • Green: characteristic to the green fields in whose heart the town is situated.
  • Red: symbolic memorial to those who were killed in the Independence War and liberated the area from Egyptian occupation.
  • Wall: symbol to the security which is given to the population by the town and also as reminder to the walls built by Rehavam, King of Judea.
  • Cogwheel: represents the renewing local industry.
  • Cotton branch: the plant that characterized the area and was used for the local textile industry.
Unofficial flag is emblem on monochrome background. I used the desk flag colour (white) as background, but it could be also on other colours. Sources: letter by Ms Michal Cohen, City Council Spokeswoman; desk flag; city webpage.

Dov Gutterman, 3 September 2001

The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 1922, 31 May 1973. It replaced the previous and quite similar emblem of the Local Council Qiryat Gat, published YP 706, 22 October 1959.

Dov Gutterman, 4 September 2001