The Golan Heights come down to earth
Nearly four decades after the establishment of Katzrin, intended to be a bustling urban center in the Golan, residents and planners are still trying to figure out why it never took off, and whether an alternative plan would have made a difference.
It’s late summer in Katzrin, and the peaceful paths winding through the veteran Gamla neighborhood, the first to be built in this city in the Golan Heights, reveal no trace of the drama, disputes and difficulties involved in its construction. At the delicatessen at the entrance to Katzrin − one of many such shops run by Russian immigrants and selling Russian foods − a young salesgirl is arranging...
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