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Municipality of Rishon le-Zion (Israel)

Iriyat Rishon le-Zion

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[Municipality of Rishon le-Zion (Israel)] 2:3
by Dov Gutterman
Coat-of-arms adopted 30th May 1991

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Rishon le-Zion (meaning first of Zion) is situated in the seashore plain south of Tel-Aviv. Its name comes from the Bible (Isaiah 41:27) and to commemorate being the first settlement established by a Zionist association in 1882 — even though it is not the first new-era settlement, being preceded by Petakh-Tiqva in 1878. With a population of 185,000 it became the 4th most populated city in Israel (after Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Haifa). It is a municipality since 1950.

Its emblem was designed for its 60th anniversary and shows its main past agricultural branches —vine and grapes for the grapes and wine industry, citrus for the oranges, and furrows— as well as industrial plants. It also shows the first well, with the inner inscription we found water. The unofficial flag is orange with the emblem. Sources: author's own observation and the city website.

Dov Gutterman, 1-2 September 2001

The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 3882, 30 May 1991. It replaced the previous emblem, published YP 633, 13 November 1958.

Dov Gutterman, 4 September 2001