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Yokneam
  • יָקְנְעָם עילית
Ebreu transcription(s)
 • ISO 259 Yoqnˁamm ʕillit
 • Transleet. Yokne'am Illit
 • An aa spelled Yoqneam Illit (offeecial)
Yokneam Collage.jpg
Offeecial logo o Yokneam
Logo
Destrict Northren
Govrenment
 • Teep Ceety (frae 18 December 2006)
 • Mayor Simon Alfasi
Aurie
 • Tot 7,390 dunams (7.39 km2 or 2.85 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Tot 22,000
Wabsteid www.yoqneam.org.il

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.[1] 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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View o Yokneam Illit, frae the Carmel Muntains

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]

Buildings in Yokneam Illit Hi-Tech park

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.[2]

Yokneam Illit has attracted many Hi-tech companies, among them Intel, Medtronic, Given Imaging, Naiot Venture Accelerator, Mellanox Technologies, Marvell, Soltam Systems an Lumenis.

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