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Qiryat Gat (Israel)

Iriyat Qiryat Gat, Municipality of Qiryat Gat

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[Municipality of Qiryat Gat (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman | 8:11
Coat-of-arms adopted 31st May 1973

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Qiryat Gat is 56 km south of Tel-Aviv, 43 km north of Be'er Sheva and 68 km from Jerusalem. Its name comes from the biblical town of Gat. The area was a major battlefield in the 1948 war and a scene of many clashes between the Egyptian Army and the IDF. At that time it was called Falujah Pocket, later to be remembered in Pelogot Junction near Qiryat Gat on the main road from north to south. Qiryat Gat is the major city of Lahish region. It was established in September 1955, municipality since 1972. and got 53,000 inh.

Municipal emblem explanation, from a document sent to me by the municipality (my translation):

  • Green: characteristic to the green fields in whose heart the town is situated.
  • Red: symbolic memorial to those who were killed in the Independence War and liberated the area from Egyptian occupation.
  • Wall: symbol to the security which is given to the population by the town and also as reminder to the walls built by Rehavam, King of Judea.
  • Cogwheel: represents the renewing local industry.
  • Cotton branch: the plant that characterized the area and was used for the local textile industry.
  • Sources: letter by Ms Michal Cohen, City Council Spokeswoman; desk flag; city webpage.

    The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 1922, 31 May 1973. It replaced the previous and quite similar emblem of the Local Council Qiryat Gat, published YP 706, 22 October 1959.
    Dov Gutterman
    , 3 and 4 September 2001

    Ruder 1999 shows the flag with two stripes. There is a photo in the book, so I will trust it.
    Dov Gutterman
    , 24 March 2003

    Municipality of Qiryat Gat - as seen in TV on 4 April 2004, the flag is indeed the one with the stripes.
    Dov Gutterman, 7 April 2004

    Variant used as Desk Flag

    [Municipality of Qiryat Gat, Variant used as Desk Flag (Israel)]
    image by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
    Coat-of-arms adopted 31st May 1973

    Unofficial flag is emblem on monochrome background. I used the desk flag colour (white) as background, but it could be also on other colours.
    Dov Gutterman
    , 3 September 2001