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Dimona


Hebrew דִּימוֹנָה
Arabic ديمونة
Founded in 1955
Government City
District South
Population 33,900
Jurisdiction 6,000 dunams (6.0 km²/2.3 sq mi)
Mayor Yitzhak Rochberger
Dimona is a centre for Black Hebrews in Israel
Dimona is a centre for Black Hebrews in Israel

Dimona (Hebrew: דִּימוֹנָה‎) is an Israeli city in the Negev desert, 36 kilometres (22 mi) to the south of Beersheba and 35 kilometres (22 mi) west of the Dead Sea above the Arava valley in the Southern District of Israel. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2288 × 1712 pixel, file size: 747 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Hebrew redirects here. ... Arabic redirects here. ... Jerusalem Tel Aviv-Jaffa Haifa Rishon LeZion Ashdod Beersheba Petah Tikva Netanya Holon Bnei Brak Bat Yam Ramat Gan Ashkelon Rehovot The following list of cities in Israel is based on the current index of the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). ... Map of the districts of Israel Population density by geographic region, sub-district and district (thicker border indicates higher tier). ... The South District of Israel, highlighted. ... A dunam or dönüm, dunum, donum is a unit of area. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 172 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 172 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Hebrew redirects here. ... :For the light machine gun see IMI Negev. ... Beersheba (Hebrew: ‎, Beer Sheva, Arabic: ‎, Bir as-Sabi, Turkish: ) is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel, often being referred to as the Capital of the Negev. ... The Dead Sea (Hebrew: ‎, , Sea of Salt; Arabic: , , Dead Sea) is a salt lake between the West Bank and Israel to the west, and Jordan to the east. ... Cloudbreak over Wadi Araba, Jordan. ... The South District of Israel, highlighted. ...

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Etymology

The city's name is derived from a biblical town, mentioned in Joshua 15:21-22.


History

Formation

The Municipality of Dimona was one of the development towns that were created in the 1950s with the leadership of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. Dimona itself was conceived in 1953, and settled in 1955, mostly by new immigrants from Northern Africa, who also constructed the city's houses. The emblem of Dimona (as a local council), adopted March 2, 1961, appeared on a stamp issued on 24 March 1965. Ben Gurion redirects here. ... African Jew has a variety of meanings: Scattered African groups who have not historically been part of the international Jewish community, but who claim ancestry to ancient Israel or other connections to Judaism and who practice Jewish rituals or those bearing resemblance to Judaism. ... -1... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


When the Israeli nuclear program started later that decade, a location not far from the city was chosen for the Negev Nuclear Research Center due to its relative isolation in the desert and availability of housing. Israel is widely believed to possess a substantial arsenal of nuclear weapons,[1] and maintains intercontinental-range ballistic missiles to deliver them. ... Institute 2, Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC), Dimona, photographed by Mordechai Vanunu The Negev Nuclear Research Center is an Israeli nuclear installation located in the Negev desert, near the city of Dimona, at . ...


Dimona today

In spite of a gradual decrease during the 1980s, the city's population began to grow once again with the beginning of the Russian immigration in the 1990s. Currently, Dimona is the third largest city in the Negev, with the population of 33,900. About a third of the city's population works in industrial workplaces (chemical plants near the Dead Sea like the Dead Sea Works, high-tech companies and textile shops), and another third in the area of services. Due to the introduction of new technologies, many workers have been made redundant in the recent years, creating a total unemployment rate of about 10%. On February 4, 2008 an Israeli woman was killed and 38 others injured in the town by a Palestinian suicide bomber (see Dimona bombing). The big immigration wave of Jews from the Commonwealth of Independent States to Israel during the 1990s started actually at the late 1980s with the opening of the USSR borders in the era of Mikhail Gorbachev liberal government. ... The Dead Sea (Hebrew: ‎, , Sea of Salt; Arabic: , , Dead Sea) is a salt lake between the West Bank and Israel to the west, and Jordan to the east. ... An aerial view of the evaporation ponds operated by the Dead Sea Works The Dead Sea Works (‎, Mifaley Yam HaMelakh) is a major industrial centre on the shores of the Dead Sea in Israel. ... High tech refers to technology that is at the cutting-edge—the most advanced technology currently available. ... For other uses, see Textile (disambiguation). ... is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Population

Dimona City Hall
Dimona City Hall

Dimona is home to Israel's Black Hebrew community, governed by its founder and spiritual leader, Ben Ammi Ben-Israel.[1] The Black Hebrews number about 2000 in Dimona, with additional families in Arad, Mitzpe Ramon and the Tiberias area. Their official status in Israel was an ongoing issue for many years, but in May 1990, the issue was resolved with the issuing of first B/1 visas, and a year later, issuing of temporary residency. Status was extended to August 2003, when the Israeli Ministry of Interior granted permanent residency. Black Hebrew Israelites (also Black Hebrews, African Hebrew Israelites, and Hebrew Israelites) are groups of people of African ancestry situated mostly in the United States who claim to be descendants of the ancient Israelites. ... For the archaeological site, see Tel Arad. ... , Mitzpe Ramon is a local council in the Negev desert of southern Israel. ... Hebrew טבריה (Standard) Teverya Arabic طبرية Government City District North Population 39 900 (a) Jurisdiction 10 000 dunams (10 km²) Tiberias (British English: ; American English: ; Hebrew: , Tverya; Arabic: , abariyyah) is a town on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, Lower Galilee, Israel. ... The Ministry of Interior in the State of Israel is one of Government offices that responsible among the rest for the local rule, the subject of citizenship and residency, teudot zehuts issue, entry visas publishing and visas for stying in the country, also the minestry of interior responsible for... Permanent residency refers to a persons visa status: the person is allowed to reside indefinitely within a country despite not having citizenship. ...


Economy

In the early 1980s, textile plants, such as Dimona Textiles Ltd., dominated the industrial landscape. Many plants have since closed. Dimona Silica Industries Ltd. manufactures precipitated silica and calcium carbonate fillers.


Transportation

In the early 1950s, a north-south railway line was constructed, connecting Beersheba and Dimona with the center and north of Israel. Beersheba (Hebrew: ‎, Beer Sheva, Arabic: ‎, Bir as-Sabi, Turkish: ) is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel, often being referred to as the Capital of the Negev. ...


Sister cities

Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... // Andernach (pronounced: [ˈandərˌnax], the syllable -ach as in Gaelic) is a town in the district of Mayen-Koblenz, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany of currently about 30,000 inhabitants which are named der/die Andernacher (male singular and plural forms are identical), and the lady/-ies are die Andernacherin... The Rhenish Palatinate (Rheinpfalz, sometimes Lower Palatinate or Niederpfalz) occupies rather more than a quarter of the German Bundesland (federal state) of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) and contains the towns of Ludwigshafen, Kaiserslautern, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Pirmasens, Landau and Speyer. ...

Sources

External links

  • The African Hebrew Israelites: New black civilisation in the promised land" article written by Lester Holloway, January 1, 2004, for Black Information Link
  • Video of a 3D tour of Dimona

Coordinates: 31°4′N, 35°2′E The South District of Israel, highlighted. ... A City council (‎) is the official designation of a city within Israels system of local government. ... For the archaeological site, see Tel Arad. ... Hebrew Founded in 1956 Government City (from 1968) District South Population 204,400 (2005) Jurisdiction 60,000 dunams (60 km²) Mayor Zvi Zilker Ashdod (Hebrew: ‎; Arabic: , Isdud), located in the Southern District of Israel towards the south of the Israeli Coastal Plain, is a city of over 200,000 people... Hebrew אַשְׁקְלוֹן (Standard) AÅ¡qÉ™lon Arabic عسقلان Founded in 1951 Government City Also Spelled Ashqelon (officially) District South Population 105,100 (2004) Jurisdiction 55,000 dunams (55 km²) Mayor Roni Mahatzri Ashkelon (Hebrew: ‎; Tiberian Hebrew ʾAÅ¡qÉ™lôn; Arabic: ‎  ; Latin: Ascalon) is a city in the western Negev, in the... Beersheba (Hebrew: ‎, Beer Sheva, Arabic: ‎, Bir as-Sabi, Turkish: ) is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel, often being referred to as the Capital of the Negev. ... Hebrew אילת Founded in 1951 Government City (from 1959) District South Population 55,000 (2006) Jurisdiction 80,000 dunams (80 km²) Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi North Beach, Eilat, from southwest. ... Qiryat Gat (קרית גת; unofficially also spelled Kiryat Gat) is a city in the Southern District of Israel in Israel. ... Kiryat Malakhi (Hebrew: ‎, also transliterated Kiryat Malachi or Qiryat Malakhi) is a city in the Southern District in Israel. ... Netivot (נתיבות) is a city in the Southern District of Israel in Israel. ... Ofaqim (אופקים; unofficially also spelled Ofakim) is a city in the Southern District of Israel in Israel. ... Rahat is also a name for the Turkish Delight Lokum. ... Hebrew Arabic سديروت Name Meaning Boulevards Founded in 1953 Government City (from 1996) District South Population 19,800 (2006) Jurisdiction 5,000 dunams (5 km²) Mayor Eli Moyal Sderot (Hebrew: ‎, Arabic: ) is a city in the western Negev, in the South District of Israel. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (267x740, 44 KB) Other versions Originally from en. ... In Israel, a local council is a locality similar to a city in structure and way of life, that has not yet achieved a status of a city, which requires a minimum number of residents, among other things. ... Ararat an-Naqab or Arara BaNegev (Hebrew: ערערה בנגב , Arabic: عرعرة) is a Bedouin town (local council) in the Southern District of Israel. ... Hura (in Hebrew: חורה) is a Bedouin village, located near Beersheva. ... Kuseife (Hebrew: כסיפה) is a Bedouin town (local council) in the Southern District of Israel. ... Lakiya, or Laqye (Hebrew: לקיה) is a Bedouin town (local council) in the Southern District of Israel. ... Hebrew להבים Government Local council District South Population 5 000 (2004) Jurisdiction 2 525 dunams (2. ... Meitar is a small town north-east of Beersheba, in the southern region of Israel. ... , Mitzpe Ramon is a local council in the Negev desert of southern Israel. ... Omer (Hebrew: עומר) is a town (local council) in the Southern District of Israel, bordering Beersheba. ... Shaqib al-Salam or Segev Shalom (Hebrew: שגב שלום) is a Bedouin town and a local council in the Southern District of Israel, southeast of Beer Sheva. ... Tel as-Sabi or Tel Sheva (Hebrew: תל שבע, Arabic:تل السبع) is a Bedouin town (local council) in the Southern District of Israel, bordering Beer Sheva. ... Yeruham (Hebrew: יְרֻחָם, ) is a town (local council) in the Southern District of Israel, in the Negev desert. ... The Israeli Ministry of Interior recognizes three types of local government in Israel: cities, regional councils, and local councils. ... Abu Basma Regional Council (Hebrew: , Moetza Azurit Abu Basma) is a regional council in the northwestern Negev desert in Israel. ... Council Map. ... main offices The Bnei Shimon Regional Council (Hebrew: ), is a regional council in the northern Negev in the south of Israel. ... The Eshkol Regional Council is a regional council in the north-western Negev, in Israels Southern District. ... Ramat HaNegev Regional Council (Hebrew: , Moetza Azurit Ramat Negev, lit. ... The Shaar HaNegev Regional Council (Hebrew: ‎, Gate of the Negev Regional Council), is a regional council in the north-western Negev, in Israels Southern District. ... Shafir Regional Council is a regional council in southern Israel near the city of Kiryat Gat. ... The Tamar Regional Council () is a regional council in Israels South District, on the south and western edges of the Dead Sea along the Arabah valley. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Dimona travel guide - Wikitravel (189 words)
Dimona is a small town in the north-eastern Negev desert of Israel.
Dimona is mostly known for the nearby nuclear research facility, which according to various unofficial publications is the home of Israel's nuclear weapons program.
Dimona was originally populated with immigrants from North Africa.
Dimona - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (363 words)
Dimona is an Israeli city in the Negev desert, 36 kilometers to the south of Beer-Sheva and 35 kilometers west of the Dead Sea in the Southern District of Israel.
Dimona was one among several "development towns" that were created in the 1950s at the initiative of David Ben-Gurion.
Dimona itself was conceived in 1953, and settled in 1955, mostly by new immigrants from Northern Africa, who also constructed the city's houses.
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