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Posts Tagged ‘Galilee’

A New Luxury Hotel in the Upper Galilee Set On Attracting More Tourists

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

A new luxury hotel, which took more than 20 years to complete, is set to open in Israel’s Upper Galilee. The Galilion hotel features 120 luxury rooms, a large conference center, a health spa and a swimming pool.

The project was planned and overseen by chief architects Gadi Rubenstein and Oshrat Brown, who were able to secure an investment totalling NIS 90 million ($23 million) for the project, which began in 1995. In an interview with Tazpit Press Service (TPS), Rubenstein said that residents from Kibbutz Kfar Giladi of the Upper Galilee approached him with the idea to transform kibbutz-owned land into a tourist project.

Rubenstein said that while the hotel was not the first in the region, it is the first independent hotel unattached to a kibbutz or pre-existing enterprise since the land was acquired from Kfar Giladi some distance from the kibbutz itself. The hotel, whose construction began in 2011, is part of a larger venture which will include the opening of an industrial center that will have a farmers’ market, a spa health club and restaurants.

“There has never been such a project in the Upper Galilee,” Rubenstein told TPS.

Additionally, tourists will also have the opportunity to fly in an observation balloon and see the entire Galilee region and Mount Hermon from a height of 150 meters. Organized walking and driving tours will also be available into the Agamon Hula bird nature park in the Hula Valley.

“The Agamon Hula nature park is a great tourist attraction – hundreds of bird species come here during migration seasons,” pointed out Rubenstein.

“Previously people would come to the north just to travel around but now I hope that they will stay for longer periods of time,” said Rubenstein.

Rubenstein anticipates that the Galilion hotel will be open for business by May or June.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

SanDisk to Open R & D Center in Israeli Arab City

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The giant SanDisk flash-storage company has announced it will build a new research and development center in a northern Arab city, where dozens of Arabs will work.

The announcement comes at an opportune time. While Israeli Arab misfits riot and try to kill Jews, the majority are interested in a better social and financial life.

The new center will be located in Yafia, near the Lower Galilee city of Nazareth whose mayor earlier this week said he was fed up with loud-mouth Arab Knesset Members whose incendiary speeches incite others to terror.

He said they are ruining the city by scaring away thousands of Israeli Jewish shoppers.

SanDisk already employs approximately 650 people in Israel at its facilities in Kfar Saba, north of Tel Aviv, Omer, located north of Be’er Sheva, and Tefen in the northern Galilee.

The new center will attract Arabs from Haifa and Nazareth.

SanDisk Israel CEO Shahar Bar-or told Globes:

When we decided to establish the center six months ago, we couldn’t have imagined that the opening ceremony would take place at a time of tension and the recent events.

The integration of Arab engineers in the high-tech industry is now more important than ever. The main and most important reason is that the high-tech industry needs the capabilities and qualifications of the entire population in Israel, and we’re losing out on thousands of excellent Arab engineers.

The second reason is that only employment at high wages can bring about real integration of the Arab population in Israeli society.”

Another high-tech company located n the area is Galil Software, which has a stated goal of hiring Arab engineers.

Jewish Press Staff

Alert Woman Helps Foil Terror Stabbings in Northern Israel

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

An alert female employee at a gasoline station in the Lower Galilee foiled a terrorist attack last Tuesday afternoon by calling the police after suspecting that two Arab youth were terrorists.

She turned out to be right.

The youth, ages 16 and 17, tried to escape, but the police caught up with them and searched them

They discovered they were carrying a knife and a jackknife, and the suspects confessed that they were planning to carry out stabbing attacks but had not yet decided where.

Like most of the attacks and planned attacks during the recent wave of terror, the Arab youth apparently were acting on their own and were totally amateurish.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Arab Terrorists Attack Israeli Drivers in Upper Galilee

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Israeli motorists in northern Israel were targeted by Arab terrorists along Route 65 who threw stones at two private vehicles and a bus.

The vehicles were traveling in Lower Galilee near the community of Kfar Tabor.

Both cars were damaged in the attacks, but the passengers were not physically injured.

Arab terrorists also targeted motorists along Route 85 in the Upper Galilee, near the Druze town of Majdal Krum.

None of those traveling in the area were hurt by the stones thrown in that attack, according to local sources.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Large Brush Fire Contained in Galilee

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Firefighters have managed to contain a large brush fire after the blaze ignited between the Galilee communities of Abu Senan and the village of Khalil.

A ground crew of eight firefighters was backed up by four firefighting aircraft that worked to prevent the flames from spreading to homes in the complex topography of the area.

Another concern was the issue of the northern winds, which were blowing the flames towards an ancient olive grove.

There have been numerous wildfires throughout Israel this summer due to the extremely dry, hot conditions and also to a number of terrorist arsons. It is not yet clear how this fire started.

Hana Levi Julian

US Warns Americans Away From Golan Heights, Upper Galilee

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

The United States Embassy in Tel Aviv is warning Americans against traveling to the Golan Heights and the Upper Galilee.

The travel advisory issued Saturday followed rocket fire from Syria on Thursday that struck northern Israel.

“Due to the launching of rockets from Syria toward Israel and other cross-border activity in northeastern Israel and northern Golan Heights on August 20 and 21, we urge US citizens to carefully consider and possibly defer travel in the Upper Galilee area of northern Israel… until the situation stabilizes.”

Iron Dome anti-missile defense batteries have been deployed in Ashdod, Ashkelon and Be’er Sheva in southern Israel as well, due to the possibility of rocket fire emanating from Gaza as well.

Two of the rockets fired at Israel on Thursday exploded in the Galilee Panhandle, and two others landed in the Golan Heights. Fires were ignited in open fields in both regions as a result.

The IDF attacked 14 Syrian positions in retaliation for the rocket fire. The IDF struck the central Golan Heights region on the Syrian side late Thursday night using tanks, artillery and the Air Force.

The rocket fire was launched by an Islamic Jihad terror group, funded by Iran, according to the IDF Spokesperson, who added the attack was an infringement on Israeli sovereignty.

Hana Levi Julian

Police Charges Five Hilltop Youth with Arson of Church at the Kinneret

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Police have arrested five hilltop activists who allegedly were behind the June 18 arson at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha on the shores of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and police announced Wednesday afternoon that the suspects also have been involved in other hate crimes.

The arrests are a major victory against “price tag” vandals who have blackened the image of residents of Judea and Samaria, especially those who live in hilltop  communities.

Indictments were filed against two suspects,20-year-old Yinon Reuveni of the western Negev town of Ofakim; and 19-year old Yehuda Asraf of Elad, a predominantly Haredi city in central Israel.

Administration steps will be taken against the other three.

All five suspects are “hilltop youth” and some of them have a record of  violent activity.

Police and the Shin Bet said that Reuveni recently had been barred from Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria  for xi months because of suspicion that he was involved in several “price tag” attacks in the Old City and against Arabs in Judea and Samaria.

The other suspects are 18-year-old Mordechai Meyer, of Maaleh Adumim, 24-year-old Moshe Orbach of Bnei Brak and “John Doe” of Ramle, located near Ben Gurion Airport.

Meyer recently was served with an injunction barring him from Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem due to his suspected involvement in several incidents of arson. Orbach and “John Doe” also  have lived in various hilltop youth outposts and also is suspected with several hate crimes.

The Shin Bet and police stated:

This group operates in the context of an ideological infrastructure composed of a limited number of hilltop youth activists. This infrastructure has operated since 2013 and holds to an extremist ideology that aspires to change the regime and bring about the redemption via various stages of action.

The infrastructure sought to hit ‘weak points’ in the State of Israel in order to arouse dialogue and win adherents and also tried (unsuccessfully) to disrupt the May 2014 visit of Pope Francis.

It added that the ringleader of the infrastructure now lives in Safed (Tzfat) and has recently lived in various hilltop youth outposts. He also has been served with an administrative order barring him from Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem for one year.

The infrastructure began with mainly anti-Christian activity, including the vandalism of the Dir Rafat monastery in April 2014.

In the past year, the infrastructure began to commit more significant terrorist attacks of arson against  Arab homes in Judea and Samaria.

The blog of the head of the group on the “Jewish Voice” site on May 20 of this year sought to encourage attacks on Christian religious sites and stated, “Only those who deny idolatry and fight against Christianity and aspire to remove the churches from the Holy Land – they are called Jews.”


Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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