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Note: Regional Council Hof Aza was dissolved on 15 August 2005
image by Dov Gutterman
Regional Council Hof Aza (meaning Gaza Sea-shore)
includes the 'C' areas in the Gaza Strip. Est. 1978. 6,000 inh.
in 17 settlements. The image with black and orange colours is
based on the desk flag, so there could be
changes when used as a hoisted flag.
Source: photo of the desk flag received from Ralph Phillips.
Dov Gutterman, 10 November 2001
The emblem of Hof Aza has not been formally adopted. 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, 19 January 2003
On today's Yedi'oth Akhronot daily, there is a photo of
demonstration of the inhabitants waving the flag. It is green
emblem on orange.
Dov Gutterman, 15 February 2005
Regional Council Hof Azza (called by the locals: Hevel
Qatif) is going to be dissolved later this year (probably
around August) as all the settlements that are governed by it
will be evacuated following PM Sharon's severing plan.
Currently, it govern 21 settlements (Ele Sinai, Bedolah, Gadid, Gan Or, Gane Tal, Dugit, Kefar Darom, Kerem Atzmona, Morag, Neve Dekalim, Nisanit, Netzer Hazani, Netzarim, Pe'at Sade, Qatif, Rafi'ah Yam, Shirat HaYam, Slav, Tel Katifa, Bene Atzmon and Atzmona).
Dov Gutterman, 17 April 2005
The Severing Plan in which all Jewish settlements in Gaza
Strip (and four more in North Samaria Region) are going to be
evacuated from their civilian inhabitants is underway since
yesterday. According to the plan, starting from midnight today,
it will be illegal to be in the evacuated area without
authorization. As expected, there is a strong resistance against
the evacuation, and many will be forced by police and the IDF. As
already reported, the anti-severing campaign choose to use the
orange as their color, and most of the flags that are seen are a
orange variant of the flag of the Regional Council of Hof Azza
which governed all the Jewish settlements in Gaza Strip. The
Regional Council itself is going to be dissolved as the
evacuation will be completed in few weeks.
Dov Gutterman, 16 August 2005
According to a decree signed by PM Sharon, Mo'atza Ezorit
Hof Azza, the only Jewish local authority in Gaza Strip was
dissolved on 15 August 2005. Those symbols are now obsolete.
Dov Gutterman, 22 June 2007
The flag above is orange, with a white variant below. During
the demonstrations two years ago (and still today), orange is
used as a color of support for the Gaza settlers. Which came
first? Was the flag white and changed to orange because of the
demonstrations, or was the color of the demonstrators taken from
I note that even the white version has a little orange too, so perhaps both are true.
Nathan Lamm, 24 June 2007
Orange is a popular color for Israel municipalities. It is
very common in the Sharon area as well as Rishon LeZiyyon area.
One can attribute it to the Jaffa oranges that grow in
those area, but, I think it come to symbolize agriculture in
general and its importence to past and/or present of those areas.
As far as I know, Hof Aza used orange color from the start. My
guess that it came to symbolize the agricultural character of the
area. I don't know if this had any affect on choosing the
anti-severing movement, but since the Regionl Council's elected
officials were also leaders in this movement, I suspect that it
had some affect.
Dov Gutterman, 24 June 2007
image by Dov Gutterman
The Jewish Autonomous Authority of Hevel Azza - This
"state" was announced on 14 August 2004 by Arie
Yitzhaki, resident of Kefar Yam in Gaza Strip who
nominate himself as temporary general secretary of the
"authority" and asked for recognition by the
UN. Four days later, and after strong resistance,
Kefar Yam was evacuated according to the severing plan.
Dov Gutterman, 27 July 2007