According to Christian legend, Jaffa was named after Noah's son, Japhet, who built it after the Flood. There are others who believe that the name derives from the Hebrew word "Yofi" - beauty. From archaeological discoveries and ancient documents we learn that Jaffa existed as a port city some 4,000 years ago, serving Egyptian and Phoenician sailors in their sea voyages.
Historians believe that Jaffa is the only port in the world which can boast uninterrupted inhabitation throughout its entire existence. The biblical account mentions that the cedars from Lebanon for the construction of King Solomon's Temple came in via Jaffa. Jonah departed from this city in his flight from God. Greek legend tells of the chaining of the beautiful Andromeda to the rocks facing Jaffa's shore. Simon the Tanner lived in Jaffa, and it was here that the Apostle Peter performed a miracle. Roman legions, Richard the Lion Hearted, Napoleon and Turkish sultans all conquered the city; but with the eclipse of the Ottoman Empire, the city's vitality declined. Towards the end of World War I, the city was conquered by General Allenby, ushering in the period of the British Mandate.
The port of Jaffa, (the sole port at the time) served as the point of entry for the increased Jewish immigration which came to resettle the land. The Jews suffered from pogroms and persecution at the hands of the Arabs. The attacks reached a peak shortly before the declaration of the State of Israel in May 1948. Jewish defensive actions led to the flight of most of the city's Arabs, and shortly after that part of the city was settled by impoverished Jewish families whom the war had left homeless.
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almoren (261) 2012-02-27 6:41
A picture full of beauty, with a unique light and a great composition.
Bergenphotos (2640) 2012-02-27 6:43
It's amazing to see how dramatic the sky can be. Such great contrasts in the sky is awesome! And the pigeons add "the little extra". I like it.
altay1364 (0) 2012-02-27 9:07
jjcordier (78372) 2012-02-27 9:29
Un ciel et une lumière fantastiques pour cette photo dans laquelle les oiseaux jouent également un grand rôle. Dommage que les 1600 ISO aient apporté un peu trop de bruit dans l'image!
chawax (19710) 2012-02-27 11:32
You caught a great moment with these sunbeams going through the sky on the birds. A very romantic shot, I love it !
carlo62 (37278) 2012-02-27 11:39
foto spettacolare, trovare una situazione come questa è veramente raro e tu hai colto subito l'occasione.
romanaa (7966) 2012-02-27 14:44
this is a really wonderful photograph, a magic moment. The name of the top flying seagull has to be Jonathan Livingston.
I love it.
quillo (11850) 2012-02-27 21:20
Hola Assi ...
A beautiful and unique image,
the light is the soul in this composition ...
and birds make sense and reality to the picture.
Saludos y buen día.
marbling2004 (81) 2012-02-27 21:23
Congratulations on a photograph is very effective
CLODO (31606) 2012-02-28 0:14
This is heaven, for sure, and you've been there! The gulls are well located inte sunray peering throgh the black clouds!
Haymotion (2729) 2012-02-28 0:34
Idée originale et très bien réalisée.
La douceur des couleurs accentue l'atmosphère paisible de ta photo.
daddo (25441) 2012-02-28 2:34
Shalom Assi. Something Biblical about this shot,: one can almost expect the voice of Yahweh to come booming from the heavens, descending in this beam of light.Best wishes. Klaudio.
golemola (111) 2012-03-03 9:43
I love this photo.beautiful sky & birds
gus72 (3719) 2012-03-04 6:35
Hi Ike !!! this photo is a drastic departure from your latest postings, it is a bit poetic or mystical..... you have captured a special moment with a peculiar tunnel of light and the birds in harmony with the clouds
this one is deserving of an award !!!!!
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-03-04 6:56
Heavenly indeed! The rays are really stunning, love the strong silhouette of the birds. THe colors and the scenery are both amazing! Great capture!
all the best,
NuriGiray (4) 2012-03-06 1:28
A wonderful light and szene...
- Copyright: Assi Dvilanski (asival) (5305)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-02-18
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/11, 1/1600 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Light [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-27 6:24
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