Maghar, Israel

Maghar, Israel

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Maghar, Israel

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Maghar (, , also al-Maghar or Mghar; lit. the cave) is an Arab town in Israel's North District with an area of 19,810 dunams. Maghar achieved local council status in 1956. There were 19,900 people living in Maghar at the end of 2009.


Maghar was known as "Zar" during the Roman period. Many olive groves and wine presses testify to a long history of agriculture in the area, and numerous hillside caves show signs of ancient habitation. In fact the village's name comes from the Arabic word for "cave".


The town of Maghar is entirely Arab with a Druze majority (57%), Christian (23%), and Muslims (20%). Many of the Druze residents serve in the IDF and Israel Police. A new neighbourhood was recently built for demobilized soldiers.

The current neighborhoods are:
  • West side - mostly Druze.
  • North neighborhood - mostly Muslim.
  • Mansoura (east) - mostly Druze.
  • Ras al Akhabah - mixed from all communities.
  • Halat al Sharif - mostly Christian.
  • South side - mostly Christian.
  • Jamasha (far south) - mostly Muslim.

In 2005, rumours that Christians had uploaded pornographic pictures of Druze girls led to thousands of Druze youth marching through Christian neighbourhoods, torching cars and shops. A police investigation proved the rumors false. They were attributed to a 16-year old Druze boy who initially confessed but later retracted his statement, claiming...
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