|• ISO 259||Ramat Yiššay|
|• Type||Local council (from 1958)|
|• Head of Municipality||Ofer Ben-Eliezer|
|• Total||2,388 dunams (2.388 km2 or 590 acres)|
Ramat Yishai (Hebrew: רָמַת יִשַּׁי, Jesse's Heights; Arabic: رمات يشاي) is a town in the North District of Israel, located on the side of the Haifa–Nazareth road about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) eastern to Kiryat Tivon. It achieved local council status in 1958. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), it had a population of 6,600 in 2010, with a growth rate of 6.3%. The vast majority of the citizens of the village are Jewish.
Archaeological remnants have been found from Middle Bronze Age I (a tomb) and the Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad and Abbasid eras. Of particular interest, was a zoomorphic vessel of glass, dating to the Umayyad era. Remains from the Crusades, as well as from the Mamluk era has also been found here.
In 1859, the village of Jeida was estimated to have 120 inhabitants, and the tillage was 20 feddans. In 1875 Victor Guérin found rock-cut cisterns here. In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) found that Jeida was much like Al-Harithiyah, but with houses of adobe. A spring existed 3/4 of a mile to the west. One of the most known buildings in the village is called "the Khan" (hostel in Arabic), a 1909 building with surrounding walls. The logo of the village consists of this Ottoman-era building with a palm tree next to it. The town hall flies 2 logo-on-bedsheet flags with this emblem in dark blue on a light blue and a yellow field, respectively.
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Jaida had a total population of 327; 324 Muslims and 3 Christians; of which two were Roman Catholics and one was Melchite.
In 1925 a Zionist organisation purchased 15,000 dunams in Jaida, including the Khan building, from the heirs of the Twsiny family (partners of the Sursuk family of Beirut.) At the time, there were 110 families living in the village.
The land, on the western edge of the Jezreel Valley, which belonged to the village of Jida, was bought by a group of American Zionists in the early 20's. It was renamed Manor and then Yefe Nof, but was almost deserted after a few years. In 1925, the British philanthropist Yisrael Yehudah Adler saved it from bankruptcy and it was renamed in his honour shortly thereafter. Among the establishers of the village were 50 families from Łódź and Białystok who built a textile factory in the village. Weaving and textile manufacturing were, therefore, the local trades.
During the Arab Revolt The isolated Jewish population was subject to constant attacks, sniper fire and ambushes from armed militias of local Palestinian Arabs. On the October 12th, 1936 Mordechai Feldman was ambushed and killed. On the night of June 5th, 1938, armed Palestinian Arabs attacked the Jews in the village, killed one of the volunteer notrim, Zvi Levine, wounded another, and burned down the textile factory. 
State of Israel
Since the 1990s, Ramat Yishai has undergone rapid development. In 2010, the population was estimated at close to 7,000 people, with 1,800 households at the high end of the socioeconomic scale.
- Porat, 2007, Ramat Yishay Israel Antiquities Authority
- from personal name. In Arabic it means "long-necked", according to Palmer, 1881, p. 109
- Karmon, 1960, p. 163
- Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 270
- Guérin, 1880, p. 392
- Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 308
- Barron, 1923, Table XI, Sub-District of Haifa, p. 33
- Barron, 1923, Table XVI, p. 49
- List of villages sold by Sursocks and their partners to the Zionists since British occupation of Palestine, evidence to the Shaw Commission, 1930
- Davar Newspaper 1926 
- Mills, 1932, p. 92
- The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History, edited by William D. Rubinstein
- Zeev Aner, Stories from Eretz Israel, 1994
- Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 14
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 49
- Betting on the Trans-Israel Highway
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- Conder, Claude Reignier; Kitchener, H. H. (1881). The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology 1. London: Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
- Department of Statistics (1945). Village Statistics, April, 1945. Government of Palestine.
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- Hadawi, Sami (1970). Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine. Palestine Liberation Organization Research Centre.
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- Ramat Yishai Official website
- Ramat Yishai on Galil-Net
- Jida, from Dr. Moslih Kanaaneh
- Survey of Western Palestine, Map 5: IAA, Wikimedia commons