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Gedera (Israel)

Mo'atza Mekomit Gedera, Local Council of Gedera

Last modified: 2007-06-23 by dov gutterman
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[Local Council of Gedera (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Emblem adopted 13th November 1958

Note: The emblem should be in full colour, not black and white only

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Local Council Gedera (also known as Gadera) is situated in Central District, Rehovot Sub District, 10 km south to Rehovot on road 40. Founded in 1884 as the first settlement of BILU, a diaspora Zionist group, and got 11,000 inh. Its name is taken from the Bible: Divre ha'Yamim (last book) A' 4,23 and Joshua 15,36. Gedera is Local Council since 1949.
The flag I spotted was white with the seal on a blue device, with a Hebrew inscription on the device and an English one below the emblem. Since I only have a black and white emblem, I used it for the image, but in the flag it is in natural colours. The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 633, 13 November 1958, and is the BILU seal. Sources: author's own observation, 29 September 2001.
Dov Gutterman
, 11 October 2001

Description of the BILU-seal: Mountains of Judah, and beneath the words of Isaiah 2:3, "O home of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord", and the words of the Torah (Num 13:30), "We should go up it, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it". BILU is the Hebrew abbreviation of the quoted text of Isaiah, "Beith Ya'akov Lekhu Venelkha".
Source: Israel Guide, Zev Vilnay, 1978
Jarig Bakker
, 11 October 2001

The upper inscription is: Committee house of BILU company in Jerusalem TUBA (initials for: "may it built and established in short time, amen").
Bigger emblem at </> and at <> . History of BILU emblems at <> reveals that between 1898-1907 Gedera used its own emblem with inscription : Community of Gedera Colony in Israel Land as well inscription in German. Inside the emblem there is a vine.
This emblem was designed by Y. M. Pines to reflect the connection between the biblical Gderot, the Greek Kadron and the Arabic Katra. This emblem was probably never used on flag.
Dov Gutterman, 12 April 2005