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Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa (Israel)

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[Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa (Israel)] 8:11
by Dov Gutterman and Željko Heimer
Coat-of-arms adopted 13th November 1958

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The city emblem instead of the magen David on the Israeli national flag. There is a vertical variant. (...) The Tel Aviv website says (my translation):

When Tel Aviv celebrated its 25th anniversary, the heads of the city decided that the first Hebrew city also needed its own symbol. The municipality published a contest, and some propasals were submitted. The one who won and was chosen to design the symbol was the painter Nahum Guttman, whose father, the writer S. Ben-Zion was one of the settlers in Akhuzat Bait later to become Tel-Aviv. On the emblem there are some motives symbolizing Tel Aviv and B.Z. Herzel who was kind of spiritual forefather of the city. Beside the name Tel-Aviv, there are seven stars symbolizing Herzl's vision of seven daily hours work, as it was costumary at the past in the town hall. In the center, Guttman painted a lighthouse to symbolize Tel-Aviv port [closed many years ago], then a safe refuge to tenths of thousands of new immigrants. The name Tel Aviv is taken from the bible (Ezequiah) and in the bottom Guttman added a phrase from Jeremiah 31,3 I will build you and you have been built.

Dov Gutterman, 13-14 April 2000

The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 631, 13 November 1958.

Dov Gutterman, 4 September 2001