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Mi'elya (Israel)

Mo'atza Mekomit Mi'elya, Majles Mahaly Mi'elya

Last modified: 2007-07-07 by dov gutterman
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Local Council Mi'elya (also known as M'eilya) is situated north to road 89, just east to Ma'alot. It was established some hundreds years ago by Catholic Christians who came from South Lebanon and founded their village on the site of 12th century Crusaders fort (Castellum Regis or Château du Roi). In 1957 it was proclaimed as Local Council. Pop: 2,500. In my visit of 8 October 2001 there was no flag. I was informed that in case of need an emblem with inscription in both languages on white is used. The municipal emblem has not been published in the official gazette (Rashumot) and is thus unofficial. In the emblem there is another and nearby Crusaders fort situated on top of a mountain in nearby Akhziv brook which is the Monfort (a.k.a Starkenberg) castle. The flag is probable until confirmed.
Source: author's own observation, 8 October 2001.
Dov Gutterman, 18 October 2001

Monfort is literally a 'strong mountain' (starker Berg in German). There are several places in France named Montfort and the Montfort family played an important role in the history of Brittany, England and France. Simon de Montfort (c. 1150-1218) led the crusade against the Cathare heretics. His son Amaury (1192- c. 1241) was constable of France. His brother Simon, count of Leicester (1208-1265) led the uprising of the barons against king Henry III. Jean de Montfort was duke of Brittany.
Ivan Sache
, 19 October 2001

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[Local Council of Meilya (Israel)]
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