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Ashqelon (Israel)

Iriyat Ashqelon, Municipality of Ashqelon

Last modified: 2007-06-23 by dov gutterman
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[Municipality of Ashqelon (Israel)] 2:3
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Coat-of-arms adopted 16th April 1959



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Description

The municipality of Ashqelon is situated in the southern shore plain about 55 km south of Tel Aviv. It is a very old city known from the biblical era, first mentioned in ancient Egyptian scrolls dating from 1900 BC. Ashqelon is also mentioned in the famous David's grief on Jonathan. It was re-established in 1948 and has 98,000 inh (July 1997).
The city has an official emblem and and unofficial flag, the emblem on an orange field.
Source: letter from Mrs. D. Tzuriel, Events and Tourism Department, Municipality of Ashqelon.
Dov Gutterman
, 15 August 2001

The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 663, 16 April 1959.
Dov Gutterman
, 4 September 2001

Ashqelon, as many other municipalities in Israel, don't use a specific color for its flag but use many backgrounds to its emblems. In a photo at <www.ashkelon.muni.il>, one can see flags in white, orange, yellow, blue and purple..
The official website also give an explanation to the emblem: "The emblem of the City of Ashqelon express the vision of its founders: New city which combine tourism and industry and look forward to the future. In the emblem there are five stars which are the five neighborhoods of the city, a marble column with capitol - symbol to Ashqelon antiquity , a cogwheel - the industrial plants in the city, see waves are its magnificent beaches and the film represent the plan of Ashqelon as Israel movies city [plan that was never realized, D.G]. All of that on the background of Ashqelon's sea blue and sky light blue, find their expression in the city emblem."
You can read about the city and its history in English.
Dov Gutterman, 8 April 2005


Variants

[Municipality of Ashqelon (Israel)]
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[Municipality of Ashqelon (Israel)]
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[Municipality of Ashqelon (Israel)]
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[Municipality of Ashqelon (Israel)]
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The Emblem

[Municipality of Ashqelon (Israel)]
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