Amuka, Israel

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Amuka
עֲמֻקָּה‬, עמוקה
Amuka is located in Northeast Israel
Amuka
Amuka
Coordinates: 32°59′51.79″N 35°31′25.82″E / 32.9977194°N 35.5238389°E / 32.9977194; 35.5238389Coordinates: 32°59′51.79″N 35°31′25.82″E / 32.9977194°N 35.5238389°E / 32.9977194; 35.5238389
CouncilMerom Hagalil
Founded1980
Population (2017)139[1]
Name meaningNamed for Biblical location

Amuka (Hebrew: עֲמֻקָּה‬) is a community settlement near Safed in the Upper Galilee in northern Israel. It belongs to the Merom HaGalil Regional Council. It is named for the Biblical city of the same name, which is presumed to be located near the present-day settlement. In 2017 it had a population of 139.[1]

History[edit]

Amuka was established in 1980 on land of the Palestinian village of Ammuqa, which became depopulated in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. It is located about 1 km southeast of the site of Ammuqa.[2]

Education[edit]

Children in the community attend schools in nearby villages "Nof Harim" elementary school in Sasa, "Anne Frank" high school in Sasa, "Har VeGai" high school, and Einot Yarden high school.[citation needed]

Synagogue[edit]

Shrine in Amuka

There is a large ruined building above the burial place of Jonathan ben Uzziel. In the 19th century, the explorer Victor Guérin saw there "the base of a pillar and a number of hewn stones - the remnants of an old structure, possibly a synagogue."[3]

Tzvi Ilan writes that today that some of the hewn stones are centralized in the center of the ruin like a platform for worship. West of the platform is a rectangular area of 20 by 30 meters appropriate for a synagogue. In the past there was a marble board with a figure of a grapevine.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Khalidi, W. (1992). All That Remains:The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 434. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.
  3. ^ Guérin, V. (1880). Description Géographique Historique et Archéologique de la Palestine (in French). 3: Galilee, pt. 2. Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale. p. 439.