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Regional Council of Azata (Israel)

Mo'atza Ezorit Azata

Last modified: 2004-12-29 by santiago dotor
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[Regional Council of Azata (Israel)]
both by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Emblem adopted 2nd October 1963

[Regional Council of Azata (Israel)]

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Regional Council Azata (meaning towards Gaza) is situated in the North Negev region, about 30-40 km NW to Be'er Sheva. Est. 1951, 6,500 inh. in 13 settlements. The Regional Council wrote me:

As far as we know we have not got an official flag, and we are using the municipal emblem printed on silk in the following shades:
a) Azure background with dark blue emblem.
b) Dark blue background with white background.
Courtesy small flags [desk flags] are with the emblem in five shades on white background.
This time no confirmation needed since beside sending me the emblem, they sent photos of the flags, showing also a vertical variant. The municipal emblem has not been published in the official gazette (Rashumot) and is thus unofficial. Sources: letter from Mr Zion Giv'ati, Municipal Co-ordinator, 14 October 2001; desk flags.

Dov Gutterman, 28 October 2001

From newspaper Arutz-7:

The Azata Regional Council has decided to change its name — because of the Gaza-related connotations its current name invokes. Gaza in Hebrew is pronounced Ah-za, and potential residents, investors, visitors and suppliers are often fearful of coming to an area named Azata. Two alternative names will be considered: Maoz HaNegev (Fortress of the Negev), and Sdot HaNegev (Fields of the Negev). (...)

Nathan Lamm, 28 October 2001

Looks logical since RC Azata has only a small area that borders Gaza strip (Kibbutz Alumim — the local authorities bordering Gaza strip are mainly RC Eshkol, RC Sha'ar ha'Negev and RC Hof Asqelon) and most of the RC Azata area is around the town of Netivot.

Dov Gutterman, 29 October 2001

Vertical Variant

[Regional Council of Azata, Vertical Variant (Israel)] 2:1
by Dov Gutterman
Emblem adopted 2nd October 1963