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Betar Illit (meaning Upper Betar) is situated in Judea Mounts, 8 km south of Jerusalem, and has just promoted from Local Council to municipality. It is named after the ancient Jewish fortified town of Betar, centre of the Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire. It has 16,000 inh, almost all of them Orthodox Jews. Its unofficial flag is the municipal emblem on white and can be seen behind the Mayor at the city website.
Dov Gutterman, 5 September 2001
The emblem of Betar Illit has not been formally adopted, and since it still has the 'Local Council' inscription it will probably be amended in the near future. Israeli municipalities in areas occupied since 1967 cannot register their emblems. The reason is that those areas are not legally part of Israel and according to international law they are governed by decrees of the military commander of the areas. Many Israeli laws are in force in those municipalities when adopted there by the military commander, but the Symbols/Emblems Protection Act of 1974 is not one of them.
Dov Gutterman, 5 September 2001 and 19 January 2003