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    (April 20, 1909- )
    Second largest city in Israel
    Often combined with Jaffa as Tel Aviv-Yafo
    Area: 52 km² (city), 176 km² (urban), 1,516 km² (metro)
    Population (2011): 404,800 (city), 1,295,000 (urban), 3,401,700 (metro)
    Means ‘Hill of Spring’ in Hebrew
    Named after Tel Abib in the Bible, referenced in Ezekiel 3:15
    Mainly inspired by Theodore Herzl as part of his concept of ‘Altneuland’, meaning ‘Old New Land’
    Uses the garden city as the basis of its foundation
    Jaffa was originally named Joppa
    Jaffa means ‘beautiful’ in Hebrew
    Joppa was where Jonah fled to upon rejecting God’s call for him to travel to Nineveh.
    Jaffa had been conquered by Egyptians, Crusaders, Mamluks, Ottomans, and Napoleon Bonaparte.
    It was heavily bombed by Italy during World War II, which killed 137 people. (September 9, 1940)
    Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by Yigal Amir during a rally supporting the Oslo Accords. (November 4, 1995)
    Terrorist attacks perpetrated by Palestinians and other Muslims have occurred many times.
    Until the last quarter of the 20th Century, it was looked down upon for its unappealing, run-down buildings and humid climate.
    Some of its Modernist buildings have been ruined through neglect.
    Ultra-Orthodox Jews have compared the city to Sodom and Gomorrah for its hedonistic lifestyle.
    Its summers are long and hot, so it’s advisable to drink lots of water and use lots of sunscreen at all times.
    Many Jews who fled Jaffa settled in Tel Aviv. (1921-1925)
    In response to Scud rocket attacks from Iraq that killed 74 people and injured 230 more, some of its residents injected themselves with an antidote for nerve gas for fear that the missiles would contain nerve gas, preventing more casualties. (1991)
    Its White City district is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Bauhaus architecture dating from the 1930s. (2003)
    Jaffa has been a port for 4,000 years.
    It houses most foreign embassies because the United Nations and most countries doesn’t recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and the security situation in there as well.
    It’s widely known as the ‘gay capital of the Middle East’ due to its openness to homosexuals.
    It’s Israel’s greenest city due to its high environmental maintenance score.
    It’s often known as ‘The City That Never Sleeps’ and ‘The Big Orange’.
    With a very vibrant nightlife, it has gained a reputation as a party town.

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