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Arad (Israel)

Municipality of Arad, Iriyat Arad

Last modified: 2022-03-10 by rob raeside
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[Municipality of Arad (Israel)] image by Esteban Rivera, 18 February 2022
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Arad is situated in the border of Judea desert, 25 km west from the Dead Sea and 37 Kms east of Be'er Sheva, just next to the famous Massada (Metzada) Mount. Est. 1962 and has 27,000 inh. Named after a Biblical town located in Tel-Arad.
Dov Gutterman, 6 September 2001

Arad was settled in modern times on January 23, 1921. By 1960 it became "עיר המתוכננת הראשונה בישראל" (English: the first planned city in Israel), having been permanently established on November 21, 1962, although earlier settlers arrived as early as October. It was declared a city in June, 1995.

They seem to have changed both their logo and their flag, featuring a new logo with the same design but in different colors, and displaying it on a white horizontal background in the middle.
Esteban Rivera, 18 February 2022

Previous flag

[Municipality of Arad (Israel)]
image by Željko Heimer | 2:3
Emblem adopted 19th May 1966

The flag of Arad is a logo on white as implied from the tiny flag on a photo at the city website. The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut HaPirsumim), YP 1277, 19 May 1966, for the then Local Council Arad.
Dov Gutterman
, 6 September 2001

I received a letter from municipality with the correct emblem, showing minor colour differences from the one in the city website. The flame represents the gas found in the area and the hill represents Mount Kidod (600 m) which the town is built upon.
Sources: letter from Ms. Shula Shokaty, city spokesman secretary, 11 September 2001; desk flag.
Dov Gutterman
, 21 September 2001

The flag is really emblem on light blue with inscription in Hebrew (above) and English (below).
Source: author's own observation, 19 June 2003.
Dov Gutterman
, 20 June 2003

Here's a photograph from Wikipedia of the flag. Unless I am mistaken, the background is white. Also, I've never seen the flag with English text, although I could be wrong about that.
Ynhockey, 10 March 2008

This is probably the previous flag as reported above. However, when I visited Arad in 2003, the flag was as the above.
Dov Gutterman, 10 March 2008