Migdal, Israel

Migdal
  • מִגְדָּל
  • مغدال
Hebrew transcription(s)
  ISO 259 Migdal
Migdal
Coordinates: 32°50′20.68″N 35°29′57.46″E / 32.8390778°N 35.4992944°E / 32.8390778; 35.4992944Coordinates: 32°50′20.68″N 35°29′57.46″E / 32.8390778°N 35.4992944°E / 32.8390778; 35.4992944
District Northern
Founded 1910
Government
  Type Local council (from 1949)
  Head of Municipality Israel Sason Amrosi
Area
  Total 11,395 dunams (11.395 km2 or 4.400 sq mi)
Population (2017)[1]
  Total 1,887
Name meaning Tower

Migdal (Hebrew: מִגְדָּל, lit. Tower) is a town in the Northern District of Israel. It was founded in 1910, and granted local council status in 1949. In 2017 it had a population of 1,887.

Migdal is located near Ginosar, and about 8 km north of Tiberias.[2] It has a shoreline on the Sea of Galilee, including the Tamar, Ilanot and Arbel beaches.

History

Migdal is named after a city from the Second Temple period called "Magdala". The ancient city is believed to have been located in the location of the depopulated Palestinian village of al-Madjdal, which preserved the name.[3]

In 1908, a small group of German Catholics who identified the site as the birthplace of Mary Magdalene settled there.[4] They left after a year and the land was bought by Russian Zionists who founded a farm, Ahuzat Moskva (Moscow Estate) in 1910. This settlement was adjacent to the Arab village al-Majdal. A few years later, the land was sold to private investors.[2] An encampment of Gdud HaAvoda workers who built the Tiberias-Rosh Pina road was established there in 1921.[5]

According to a census conducted in 1922 by the British Mandate authorities, Migdal had a population of 51 inhabitants, consisting of 42 Jews and 9 Muslims.[6]

See also

Magdala
Al-Majdal, Tiberias

References

  1. "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. 1 2
  3. Hareuveni, Immanuel (2010). Eretz Yisrael Lexicon. Ministry of Education. pp. 558–559.
  4. Encyclopedia of Zionism and Israel Herzl Press and McGraw-Hill, New York 1971, Volume II, p. 784
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