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Emblem adopted 13th November 2001
Holon (pronounced Kholon, from the Hebrew word khol meaning sand, appears in the Bible: Joshua 15,51, also known as Hulon) is situated in the south of Gush Dan, south to Tel Aviv and east to Bat Yam . Est. 1940. Pop. 185,000. I spotted a flag on the city hall, a blue emblem on white rectangle on a national flag in reversed colours (blue background, white stripes), no inscription. The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut HaPirsumim), YP 633, 13 November 2001.
Source: author's own observation, 19 September 2001; this website and this website.
Dov Gutterman, 5 October 2001
Holon was established in 1936 by unification of five neighborhoods (Shunat Am, Greene (est. 1933), Agrobank, Qiryat Avoda and Moledet). Local cCouncil since 8 July 1940 Municipality since 14 November 1950.
Emblem appeared on a stamp issued 9 July 1969 .
A unique feature of Holon is the existence of a special neighborhood of the Shomronim (Samaritans). This unique sect have their Israeli center in Holon.
History and more info in English at <www.holon.muni.il>.
Dov Gutterman, 15 April 2005
Translated from <www.holon.muni.il>
"The sand dunes apeear also on the emblem of the city of Holon side by side with stone houses and sycamore tree (Jumas in Arabic) which was ,in the past, typical for this area. (Even today one can find sycamore trees in Holon: At the enerance to the city, at Qiryat Ben-Gurion and other sites).
At the top of the emblem there is a carved inscription: "in spite of and despite everything" which is taken from a poem by the poet David Shim'oni and is an exspression of the decisive decision of the first inhabitants, to built a city in Israel, despie of the hardships of those days, the bloody events, lack of labour and livelihood, solitude and financial difficulties.
The emblem was choosed in 1946 by a public committee of three members: Dr. Eli'ezer Mansbach, Elihu Lustig (Ronen) and Uzi'el Sholdinger (Shalev). The emblem was choosed from several proposals that were handed to the committee. The emblem was designed by Mrs. Berlin, a famous architect in those days.
This information was taken from the book "Holon - History" by Rami Ah'aroni and the booklet "From Sands [Holot] to Holon" issued by the Municipality of Holon.".
Dov Gutterman, 22 June 2007
image from <www.holon.muni.il>