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Like most Israeli cities, Haifa is rooted in the past. Recent digs at Tel Shiqmona, on the coast just south of Haifa, have brought to light buildings from the First Temple period down to Seleucid times.
Haifa's rich history stretches back millennia. Discoveries from as far back as the Bronze Age show that a small port was located near this site. The area was also settled in Roman and Greek times.
Biblical references to the Mt. Carmel region include a mention of Elijah's cave and Mt. Carmel itself, where the prophet Elijah challenged the pagan priests of Ba'al. The Talmud does not neglect the area either; it tells us that the shellfish from which the purple dye for the traditional tallit or prayer shawl was made came from the coast around this area.
After the Crusader invasion and conquest, when the town's Jewish defenders were slaughtered, Haifa began a slow decline. Other conquests followed: by Saladin in 1187, by the Mamelukes in 1265. But for hundreds of years, Haifa remained an insignificant, impoverished backwater.
By the 17th century, Haifa had begun to revive and develop again. Destroyed once again by a local leader to prevent its capture by the Turks in 1761, Haifa was re-established at its present site.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Haifa had about 4,000 inhabitants, many of whom were Christian Arabs. The German Templer settlers who arrived in the mid-1800s made important contributions to the town's growth and industrialization.
Haifa received real impetus for growth when it was linked by rail with Damascus and Egypt in the period before the First World War, making the town an important waystation. Later, when the British wrested control of Palestine from the Turks, the port was further expanded and developed and Haifa became a significant maritime centre.
When Jews returned to Israel, Haifa became a major target of settlement; indeed Theodor Herzl urged Jews to develop Haifa, which he called ``the city of the future.'' During the early years of the 20th century, the population grew in great leaps: from 20,000 in 1914 to 50,000 in 1931, to 150,000 (of which Jews made up a third) in 1948. Many of the city's Arabs subsequently left when the British evacuated the city that year.
Haifa became a centre for Jewish immigration in the period of Nazi oppression, when thousands entered through the port. It continued to develop and grow, and today, with a quarter of a million residents, is headquarters to the Israeli Navy, Israel Railways, the Israel Electric Company and the giant contracting firm Solel Boneh. Haifa is also home to Matam, a giant high-tech center, Intel, Elbit and Elscint, as well as several smaller Israeli companies.It is also the world centre of the Bahai sect, with its remarkable gold-domed sanctuary and magnificent gardens on the slopes of Mt. Carmel.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kaiser Wilhelm II visit in the German colony - Haifa Palestine 1898

In 1898, Kaiser Wilhelm II (the last German Kaisers) and wife, Empress Augusta Victoria, visited the country of Israel.
The visit began when the Kaiser's ship docked at the Haifa seashore, adjacent to a special pier installed at the tip of the German Colony. From there, the Kaiser and his entourage climbed the Carmel, visited the new neighborhood and stopped at this particular point to observe the German Colony that stretched before them.
This same observation point later became a memorial pillar erected by the Templers in 1910 and surrounded by a public park, currently known as the "Kaisers Square," in which they performed their celebrations. From Haifa, the imperial couple continued on to Jerusalem, and had even met with Dr. Hertzel during the course of their visit. 
In 1982, Haifa was visited by the grandson of the German Kaiser and the site was renovated in his honor by the Haifa Municipality, who also incorporated an old Turkish canon that was taken from the Memorial Garden (opposite the City Hall).

A military honor guard for the Kaiser on Haifa shore near the German colony