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Bet Shemesh (Israel)

Iriyat Bet Shemesh, Municipality of Bet Shemesh

Last modified: 2007-06-23 by dov gutterman
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[Municipality of Bet Shemesh (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Emblem adopted 23rd November 1972

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Bet Shemesh (meaning house of the sun after an ancient town with that name whose ruins are nearby) is situated on the border of Juda Mounts and Juda Plain, on a hill (314 m ASL), 5 km south to Shimshon cross and 32 km east to Jerusalem. Est. 1952, pop: 30,000. Unofficial flag is white with emblem, but I would not be surprised to see it also on other backgrounds. Currently, the desk flag is charged with a modified 50th anniversary emblem. The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut ha-Pirsumim), YP 1878, 23 November 1972, for the then Local Council Bet Shemesh. Sources: letter from Yehuda Gur-Arie, city spokesman, 20 September 2001; desk flag; this website.
Dov Gutterman
, 5 October 2001

There is an old song about the Independence War. The name of the song is Hayu Zmanim [There were times..] and in it there is a verse saying Bimkom Mishlat Yoshevet Ir (=Instead of a dominating standpoint there is a town]. Not too many know that the said city is Bet Shemesh
The dominating standpoint is a famous battlefield named HaMishlat HaMeshutaf [The Joint dominating standpoint] which, in some point was held together by the Egyptian and Israeli Armies with stances only 50m. apart.
On the ground of this site, a transitional settlement (Har-Tuv) was built in 1950, and two years later it was converted to Bet Shemesh . Bet Shemesh is a municipality since 1991 with 65,000 inh. (2003).
The emblem include a brick wall with a "window" from which a gold sun (for its anciant name) and blue sky are seen. It also include an hammer (symbolizing industry), a spatula (symbolizing the first builders of thecity) and an olive branch (symbol of Iseal and peace).
According to a photo at <> is the national flag with the municipal emblem replacing the Magen David.
Sources: <>, <>.
Dov Gutterman, 9 April 2005

The Emblem

[Municipality of Bet Shemesh (Israel)]
image from wikipedia