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Qiryat Arba (Israel, Judea and Samaria/West Bank Occupied Territories)

Mo'atza Mekomit Qiryat Arba, Local Council of Qiryat Arba, also known as Qiryat Arba-Hebron

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[Local Council of Qiryat Arba-Hebron (Israel)] 2:3
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Local Council Qiryat Arba (the official name is Qiryat Arba but the locals use: Qiryat Arba-Hebron) is situated in Judea region next to the famous town of Hebron, south of Jerusalem. Its name is taken from the Bible, meaning town of four. Est. 1968, 5,500 inh.
Its flag is an emblem on a monochrome background of no specific colours. Mr. Zuriel Tzuf of the City Council favours black on green.
Sources: letter from the council and consequent phone call, this website.

Dov Gutterman
, 2 September 2001

The emblem of Qiryat Arba has not been formally adopted. Israeli municipalities in areas occupied since 1967 cannot register their emblems. The reason is that those areas are not legally part of Israel and according to international law they are governed by decrees of the military commander of the areas. Many Israeli laws are in force in those municipalities when adopted there by the military commander, but the Symbols/Emblems Protection Act of 1974 is not one of them.
Dov Gutterman
, 4 September 2001 and 19 January 2003

Qiryat Arba is one of the ancient names of Hebron (Joshua 15, 54). Local Council since 1969. It is one of the more controversial settlement due to its proximity to the Arab city of Hebron.
Green and light blue flags appear in photos at <>.
The emblem is describes at the municipal site by its designer Barukh Nakhson, resident of Qiryat Arba and painter by profession as follows )my translation):
"It can be seen that the emblem has the shape of an harp, with grapes drawn on both of its sides and a vine drawn at its bottom. Above the harp there is a crown and inside it there is a lion. All those symbols are connected to the tribe and land of Juda and to the crops of our region. In the center of the emblem, the structure of Cave of Machpela (situated in Hebron which is next to Qiryat Arba) without its later additions, and below it, the houses of Hebron and the round mountains, which are typical to the region, are drawn.
It is possible to see the pomegranate (one of the fruits of Israel-land) at the beginning of the harp with the shofar in its end as a sign of redemption"
Dov Gutterman, 3 May 2005

City Council Proposal 2001

[Local Council of Qiryat Arba-Hebron (Israel), City Council proposal 2001]
image by Dov Gutterman

As reported by Mr. Zuriel Tzuf of the City Council, the council have thought of using emblem on national background in the next Independence Day.
Dov Gutterman
, 2 September 2001

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