The North of Israel

December 1st, 2009 at 10:43 am by David Farrar

On Friday we went up north. First stop was the Caesarea National Park, which has the ruins of the city set up by King Herod.

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The park has lots of ruins, and also a good museum explaining the history of the area.

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A group shot by the harbour. It was constructed to be a major port – around 100,000 square metres in size. The constructed a reef by dropping bales of volcanic ash into the sea, which turns them into solid concrete.

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We then went to the Aaronsohn House. They were a family who operated as a spy network in WWI for the British against the Turks.

27 year old Sarah Aaronsohn was captured and killed herself after four days of torture, so she would not reveal her colleagues.

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Despite being way north of Jerusalem, we ran into a Cabinet Minister. She is with the Labor Party, and I think has the commerce facility. Despite Davidi being with Likud, he is very good friends with the Minister – they were hugging each other when they ran into each other. is a very small place, like NZ.

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We then went to the old city of Tsefat (aka Zefat and Safed). On the way we visited a couple of war memorials. At most tourist sites they have a machine which will play an audio recording in Hebrew or English. They were really good to listen to – giving you a five minute history of what happened there.

Tsefat is a very old city, and many Orthodox Jews live there. Almost every second building is a synagogue. It is one of four holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias. We saw the (outside of the) former home of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who left in 1948.

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4 Responses to “The North of Israel”

  1. paul henry (49 comments) says:

    DPF don’t come back. Just keep traveling and posting these excellent bits.

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  2. Countess (157 comments) says:

    A female cabinet minister , of course some ultra orthodox newspapers had a photograph of the new cabinet with the few women photoshopped out

    “Two ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspapers have altered a photo of Israel’s new cabinet, removing two female ministers.
    Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver were grouped with the rest of the 30-member cabinet for their inaugural photo.
    But Yated Neeman newspaper digitally changed the picture by replacing them with two men. The Shaa Tova newspaper blacked the women out.”
    However she doesn’t appear to be either of the two women. Maybe shes like Rodney, a cabinet minister in name onlr

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  3. Southern Raider (1,729 comments) says:

    Its actually a shame Israel doesn’t control Hebron, Tiberias etc as there is some much religous history their and the economy of both the Israelis and Arabs would benefit from increased tourism.

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  4. deserthead (9 comments) says:

    “We saw the (outside of the) former home of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who left in 1948.”

    Haha, nicely phrased. One could also say that Abbas and his family were expelled from the city by Irgun and Lehi forces and was thus forced to go to Syria during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

    Source: Sela, Avraham. “Abbas, Mahmud.” The Continuum Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East. Ed. Sela. New York: Continuum, 2002.

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