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Arrabe (Israel)

Mo'atza Mekomit Arrabe, Majles Arrabe El-Mahaly

Last modified: 2007-07-07 by dov gutterman
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[Local Council of Araba (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Emblem adopted 21st November 1968

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Local Council Arrabe is situated in the Lower Galilee, between Sakhnin and Deir Hanna , SE of Karmi'el. Local Council since 1965, pop: 16,000, most of them Muslims.
Mr. Mustafa Lahuani, Local Council's General Manage sent me a hand written and painted construction sheet of the emblem as follows:

  • Onion - black roots, brown onion, green leaves
  • Melon - yellow with brown stripes
  • Watermelon - red with green peel and black seeds

The flag is white with the emblem in natural colours. The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), 'Publications Gazette' section (Yalkut HaPirsumim), YP 1487, 21 November 1968.
Sources: letter from Mr. Mustafa Lahuani, Local Council General Manager, 2 October 2001; author's own observation, 12 October 2001.
Dov Gutterman, 24 October 2001

Arrabe kept the name of Ancient Jewish town that was ruined in the revolt against the Romans, later to become a Christian village in the Byzantine era.
According to local tradition, the village exist for 3,000 years and it is called in Arabic Alla Rabiah (Above an Hill). There is a small (2%) Christian minority in this Moslem village.
Photo of the flag at <> is different from the image in the position of the English inscription.
Sources: <>, <>.
Dov Gutterman, 1 May 2005