Masad, Israel

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Masad
מסד
Massad.jpg
Masad is located in Israel
Masad
Masad
Coordinates: 32°50′38″N 35°25′22″E / 32.84389°N 35.42278°E / 32.84389; 35.42278Coordinates: 32°50′38″N 35°25′22″E / 32.84389°N 35.42278°E / 32.84389; 35.42278
District Northern
Council Lower Galilee
Affiliation HaMerkaz HaHakla'i
Founded 1983
Population (2016)[1] 388
Website www.massad.org.il

Masad (Hebrew: מַסָּד‎) is a community settlement in northern Israel. Located to the west of the Sea of Galilee, it falls under the jurisdiction of Lower Galilee Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 388.[1]

History[edit]

The village was founded as Har Kotz in 1983.

Plans to build a quarry on Mount Kotz were rejected by the National Planning and Construction Council in 2008 after protests staged by the residents of Masad and the nearby Arab village of Eilabun.[2]

Nature reserve[edit]

Masad is surrounded by the Har Kotz Nature Reserve. Among the trees found there are carob, mastic, Valonia oak, Christ's Thorn, Palestine oak, and Jerusalem thorn. The nature reserve derives its name from Mount Qotz (292 m), named for a priestly family that migrated to the Galilee from Jerusalem after the destruction of the Second Temple.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ News in brief, Haaretz
  3. ^ Hareuveni, Imanuel (1985). קום התהלך בארץ: מדריך שמורות טבע בישראל [Nature Reserves in Israel] (in Hebrew) (2nd ed.). Israel: Israel Ministry of Defense. p. 155. ISBN 965-05-0193-2. שם השמורה – לפי שם ההר. שמו – לפי שמה של משמרת הכוהנים, אשר עברה מירושלים לגליל אחרי חורבן הבית השני." "במפנה הדר' גדלה חברת חרוב-מצוי ואלת-המסטיק. במפנה הצפ', בחלקו העליון, גדלה חברת אלון-מצוי, ובמורד, על קו הרכס – חברת אלון-התבור עם עצי שיזף-מצוי. על גבול השמורה גדלים עצי שמיר-קוצני (עץ נדיר בחורש הים-תיכוני). 

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