Ramot, Golan Heights

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Ramot
רָמוֹת
Israel Ramot Town Entrance.jpg
Ramot is located in the Golan Heights
Ramot
Ramot
Coordinates: 32°50′58″N 35°40′03″E / 32.84944°N 35.66750°E / 32.84944; 35.66750Coordinates: 32°50′58″N 35°40′03″E / 32.84944°N 35.66750°E / 32.84944; 35.66750
District Northern
Council Golan
Region Golan Heights
Affiliation Moshavim Movement
Founded 1969
Population (2015)[1] 489
Name meaning Heights

Ramot (Hebrew: רָמוֹת‎, lit. "Heights") is a moshav and Israeli settlement near the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee in the western Golan Heights. Named "Ramot" because it is located on two hills, it falls under the jurisdiction of Golan Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 489.[1]

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the Golan Heights illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]

Geography[edit]

The community is located on a small hill, which is the lowest step on the slope that falls from the Golan Heights to the Sea of Galilee, about 10 meters (33 ft) below sea level (compared to the Sea of Galilee which is about 210 meters (690 ft) below sea level). The community is 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) east of the Sea of Galilee and 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) north of Ein Gev.

History[edit]

The moshav was founded in 1969, when Golan area was a part of the Israeli Military Governorate. In 1981, the area of Golan was unilaterally annexed by Israel, applying Israeli civil rule on the area. The founders first lived in the houses of the abandoned village of Skopye, and then settled two years later to temporary "triangle houses" in what is now the Ramot recreation village. In 1973, they resettled in the moshav's current location. The moshav is a member of the Moshavim Movement.

Population[edit]

As of 2012, the moshav had 478 residents.

Economy[edit]

The economy of the community is based on irrigated agriculture (bananas, mangos, lychee, palm trees, guava and avocado, and flowers), poultry production, raising cattle for meat and milk, and raising sheep.

Tourism[edit]

Ramot is a poplular vacation destination. Among the moshav's tourist facilities are a resort hotel,[3] guest houses,[4] and a horse ranch.[5]

A panoramic view of the Sea of Galilee at sunrise from Ramot

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC. 10 December 2009. 
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