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marking the northernmost point of settlement in the Upper Galilee, was
founded in 1896 on land purchased by Baron Rothschild. The town was
temporarily evacuated (along with nearby Tel Hai and Kfar Giladi) in 1920,
following stiff attacks by neighboring Arabs.
When Britain and France demarcated the Mandatory boundaries between Palestine and Lebanon, Metulla's houses remained inside Palestine, while most of the agricultural lands were transferred to Lebanon. Metulla farmers were permitted to freely cross the border and work their lands until Israel's War of Independence in 1948.
In addition to agriculture, tourism is a key economic field in Metulla, with the "Canada Center" - which features a world class ice-skating rink and other recreational facilities - a key factor in tourism growth in recent years.
Metulla numbers 1120 residents.
Metulla and the Canada Centre
Metulla is a small rural village nestling at the foot of
Mt. Hermon with magnificent views, beautiful scenery, wonderful flora and
fauna, with the river Iyyon to the east.
In the late 1980s the head of the Metulla local council,
Mr. Yossi Goldberg, visited Europe, and was impressed by the large sports
centres and country clubs offering multiple services in one place.
In 1990 the centre opened, offering a range of sports
facilities, swimming pool, ice rink, a basketball court and more.
At Chanukah December 1998, the IVth Skate Isreal will
take place with skaters from 22 countries.
In the summer months an outdoor swimming pool is also
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