|• ISO 259||Yoqnˁamm ʕillit|
|• Transleet.||Yokne'am Illit|
|• An aa spelled||Yoqneam Illit (offeecial)|
|• Teep||Ceety (frae 18 December 2006)|
|• Mayor||Simon Alfasi|
|• Total||7,390 dunams (7.39 km2 or 2.85 sq mi)|
Yokneam Illit (Hebrew יוקנעם עלית), Yoqne'am Illit and Jokneam Illit is a city southeast of Haifa in northern Israel. It is located in a hilly region of the Lower Galilee, bordered by Haifa and Mount Carmel. Yokneam Illit is at the base of the Carmel Mountains an overlooks the Jezreel Valley, 21 kilometres (13 mi) from Haifa an 80 kilometres (50 mi) from Tel Aviv. Yokneam Illit had a population of 18,600 at the end of 2007. The city has developed as a centre for Hi-Tech businesses, due to its proximity to the Technion in eastern Haifa.
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History[eedit | eedit soorce]
Yokneam appears in the list of 119 conquered cities by Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III after the victory in the Megiddo battle (1468 BC). Yokneam is mentioned in the Bible as a city of Levites within the Israelite tribe of Zebulun (Joshua 12:22, 19:10-11, 21:34, 1 Kings 4:12). It is located near Megiddo (Armageddon). The Crusaders called Yokneam "Cain Mons", or "Mountain of Cain" in keeping with the tradition that Cain, son of Adam (Genesis 4: 23-24), was murdered at this site. Yokneam was populated throughout the Persian, Hellenistic, Roman/Byzantine, Arab, Crusaders, Mameluk, an Ottoman periods.
Yokneam was then the site of Palestinian village named Qira, which was depopulated in the lead up to the 1948 Arab–Israeli war. After the establishment of the State of Israel, it was settled by Jewish immigrants from North Africa. It achieved local council status in 1967 and municipal status on December 18, 2006.
Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]
Yokneam Illit is a "National Priority Area A" under the Israeli Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investment. Approved enterprises in Yokneam Illit enjoy the highest level of tax benefits and investment grants. In addition, companies relocating to the region can apply for concessions in local taxes over a three year period from the Yokneam Illit Local Authority.
Osem established a plant in Yokneam in 1974. Initially, the plant produced mainly pasta products, but the scope of activities broadened over the years. In 1997, the facility doubled in size and three production lines were installed for baked goods such as crackers, biscuits, cookies and pretzels. Bamba, a popular Israeli snack food, is produced in Yokneam. Many Yokneam residents are employed at the plant, which won awards from the Council for a Beautiful Israel for its attractive premises.
Internaitional relations[eedit | eedit soorce]
Twin towns — Sister cities[eedit | eedit soorce]
Yokneam Illit is twinned wi:
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References[eedit | eedit soorce]
- "Table 3 - Population of Localities Numbering Above 1,000 Residents and Other Rural Population" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
- About Osem
Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]
- Partnership 2000 Yokneam-Megiddo
- Regional Development Unit for Yokneam-Megiddo
- Population figures from the Israel Central Bureau o Statistics
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