Metula, the northernmost town in Israel

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Town hall © Danny Gershoni/cc-by-sa-4.0

Town hall © Danny Gershoni/cc-by-sa-4.0

Metula is a town in the Northern District of Israel, and the northernmost town in Israel; it abuts the Israel-Lebanon border. It had in 2022 a population of 1,740. Not too far away is Mount Hermon in the Syrian Golan Heights.

In modern Israel, Metula is known as a wealthy town popular as a tourist destination, especially for Israeli schoolchildren on summer vacation.

© Uzi Paz/cc-by-2.5 Metula and Mount Hermon © Adiel lo/cc-by-sa-3.0 Metula and Mount Hermon © Mboesch/cc-by-sa-4.0 Town hall © Danny Gershoni/cc-by-sa-4.0 Alaska Inn hotel © Danny Gershoni/cc-by-sa-4.0 Art Gallery © Danny Gershoni/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Metula and Mount Hermon © Adiel lo/cc-by-sa-3.0
The Good Fence or Fatima Crossing was a border crossing from Metula to Lebanon; it opened in 1976, and was closed in 2000 after Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon. The border crossing had allowed Lebanese to find jobs in northern Israel, access health services, attend school, and transport goods.

The Safari Disaster occurred during the South Lebanon conflict (1985–2000). On the afternoon of Sunday, March 10, 1985, a convoy of IDF soldiers in “Safari” model trucks were driving from Metula towards the Lebanese town of Marjayoun. Dozens of soldiers, having just attended Shabbat, were on their way back to duty. In accordance with regulations, one armed jeep in the forefront and two in the rear, and helmets and bullet-proof vests were worn. As they were crossing the narrow bridge over Nahal Ayyun at 13:45 a red Chevrolet pickup truck drove towards them. The soldiers of the first jeep noticed that the driver had friendly smile, and he was signaled to pull over to let the convoy pass. The first jeep and the first safari truck did so. At 13:50 the driver of the Chevrolet detonated a tremendous explosion which shattered windows in Metula itself. Twelve soldiers were killed and 14 wounded.

During the 2006 Lebanon War, Metula became a temporary ghost town when its populace fled Hezbollah rocket fire. It was hit by 120 rockets during the war.

In the midst of the Israel–Hamas war, Hezbollah targeted northern Israeli border communities with rockets and missiles, prompting the evacuation of several, including Metula.

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