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Qiryat Shemona (Israel)

Municipality of Qiryat Shemona, Iriyat Qiryat Shemona

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[Municipality of Qiryat Shmona (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Coat-of-arms adopted 1st July 1976

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Qiryat Shmona (meaning Town of Eight, named after the eight men who led by Yosef Trumpeldor were killed defending nearby Tel-Hai in 1920) is the northernmost municipality (there are Local Councils further north) in Israel, situated in the Upper Galilee on Road 90. Founded in 1949, it has 21,500 inh.
During my visit I expected the multicolour flags which I remembered from previous ocassions. However this time only one background was to be seen, green with the emblem in blue, with an inscription below. The municipal emblem was first published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut ha-Pirsumim), YP 845, 18 May 1961 for the then Local Council; after it became a municipality in 1974 the emblem was replaced, being published in the official gazette in YP 2233, 1 July 1976 - thus the first proclamation according to the current Act.
Sources: author's own observation, 18 September 2001; this webpage.
Dov Gutterman
, 27 September 2001

Qiryat Shemona was established on 1949 on the lands of the deserted Arab village Khalsa and was first named Qiryat Yoseph. It became Local Council in 1953 and municipality in 1974, a change that resulted a change in the emblem.
The Local Council emblem appear on a stamp issued on 2 February 1966.
Sources: <>, <>.
Dov Gutterman, 5 may 2005


[Municipality of Qiryat Shmona (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman

Few days ago I saw a piece on TV about the local football team (won 2nd league championship) and there was a flag, but black on yellow.
Dov Gutterman, 19 June 2003