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Nahef (Israel)

Mo'atza Mekomit Nahef, Majles Makhaly Nahef, Local Council of Nahef

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[Local Council of Nahif (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Emblem adopted 13th January 1972

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Local Council Nahef (pronounced Nakhef) is situated on a mountain sloop between the Upper and Lower Galilee next to Km 20 in the Acre-Zefat road (Road 85). Its name came from a French word meaning entrance to a church. It was founded in 15th century and became a Local Council in 1968. It has 7,800 inh., all of them Moslems. Mr. Jamal Fatun, city clerk, wrote me as follows:

To the best of my knowledge, the official emblem was adopted with the establishing of the first council. I have no exact information about the publication of the emblem. The emblem symbolizes the doing in the village, and its sources of living then. There were many quarries within the council jurisdiction and most of the population made a living from working in the quarries or in agriculture. The hammer, stones and pickaxe symbolize that.

The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 1795, 13 January 1972.
Dov Gutterman
, 8 September 2001

My best guess is 'narthex', indeed a pure Ancient Greek word used in French only in the field of religious architecture. Petit Larousse says for 'narthex':

1. Portico or transverse vestibule, at the entrance of some paleo-christian or medieval churches, where catechumens and penitents stood [probably because they were not allowed to enter the church choir]. 2. Closed vestibule of some churches.

Translation of 'narthex' in English is of course 'narthex'.
Ivan Sache
, 9 September 2001

In my visit of 8 October 2001, I confirmed that the flag is green emblem on white.
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Dov Gutterman
, 10 October 2001 and 29 April 2005