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by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Emblem adopted 23rd November 1972
Bet Shemesh (meaning house of the sun after an ancient town with that name whose ruins are nearby) is situated on the border of Juda Mounts and Juda Plain, on a hill (314 m ASL), 5 km south to Shimshon cross and 32 km east to Jerusalem. Est. 1952, pop: 30,000. Unofficial flag is white with emblem, but I would not be surprised to see it also on other backgrounds. Currently, the desk flag is charged with a modified 50th anniversary emblem. The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut ha-Pirsumim), YP 1878, 23 November 1972, for the then Local Council Bet Shemesh. Sources: letter from Yehuda Gur-Arie, city spokesman, 20 September 2001; desk flag; this website.
Dov Gutterman, 5 October 2001