|• ISO 259||ʔazor|
|• Type||Local council (from 1951)|
|• Head of Municipality||Arie Pechter|
|• Total||2,415 dunams (2.415 km2 or 597 acres)|
Azor (Hebrew: אָזוֹר, Arabic: أزور) (also Azur) is a small town (local council) in the Tel Aviv District of Israel, on the old Jaffa-Jerusalem road southeast of Tel Aviv. Established in 1948 on the site of the Arab village of Yazur, Azor was granted local council status in 1951. In 2016 it had a population of 12,569, and has a jurisdiction of 2,415 dunams (2.415 km2; 0.932 sq mi)
Azor was named for the ancient city of Azur (lit. mighty, heroic), preserved in the name of the Arab village of Yazur. The council of the new village named it Mishmar HaShiv'a ('Guardian of the Seven') in honour of seven Jewish soldiers killed near there in 1948, but the government committee in charge of assigning names forced them to change it to Azor on the grounds that preserving Biblical names was more important. However, another new village nearby was later named Mishmar HaShiv'a.
See on the page of the preceding Arab village, Yazur.
- Azor Museum, archaeological museum
Media related to Azor at Wikimedia Commons
- "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
- "Azur (Israel)". Retrieved 2 April 2015.
- "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Azor" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
- Meron Benvenisti (2002). Sacred Landscape. University of California Press. pp. 32–33.
- Raffi Khatchadourian (May 13, 2013). "The Chaos of the Dice". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- Don't mess around with me, Haaretz