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Municipality of Qiryat Shmona (Israel)

Iriyat Qiryat Shmona

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[Municipality of Qiryat Shmona (Israel)]
by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Coat-of-arms adopted 1st July 1976

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Qiryat Shmona —meaning Town of Eight, named after the eight men who led by Yosef Trumpeldor were killed defending nearby Tel-Hai in 1920— is the northernmost municipality (there are Local Councils further north) in Israel, situated in the Upper Galilee on Road 90. Founded in 1949, it has 21,500 inh.

During my visit I expected the multicolour flags which I remembered from previous ocassions. However this time only one background was to be seen, green with the emblem in blue, with an inscription below. The municipal emblem was first published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut ha-Pirsumim), YP 845, 18 May 1961 for the then Local Council; after it became a municipality in 1974 the emblem was replaced, being published in the official gazette in YP 2233, 1 July 1976 — thus the first proclamation according to the current Act. Sources: author's own observation, 18 September 2001; this webpage.

Dov Gutterman, 27 September 2001