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Azur (Israel)

Mo'atza Mekomit Azur, Local Council of Azur

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

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Local Council Azur 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 Azur 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 HaShiva'a (The Seven' Interchange) and the settlement Mishmar HaShiva'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.
Dov Gutterman
, 3 September 2001

The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 1650, 30 July 1970. Azur become a Local Council in 1951
Dov Gutterman
, 4 September 2001 and 5 April 2005

The Emblem

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