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Jisr az-Zarqa (Arabic: جِسْر الزَّرْقَاء‎, Hebrew: גִ’סְּר א-זַּרְקָא‬ lit. bridge over the blue; often shortened as Jisr) is an Israeli Arab town on Israel’s northern Mediterranean coastal plain, it is located just north of Caesarea within the Haifa District. The name Jisr az-Zarqa is a reference to Taninim Stream. [Wikipedia]

Besides their beach, the town has a number of outstanding characteristics: the town has the lowest average reported monthly wage in Israel, and the highest high school drop out rates in the country, at 12%. Their oldest resident died at the age of 124 in 2012. In 1998, the first multiple kidney transplant in Israel took place between a couple from Jisr az-Zarqa and a Jewish couple from Jerusalem.

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