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Katzrin (Hebrew: קַצְרִין, also spelt Qatzrin, Qasrin, or
Kazerin) is the administrative center of the Golan Regional
Council and largest Israeli settlement and town in the
Katzrin is built around the site of a Jewish agricultural
village of the Mishnaic period. The archaeological remnants,
which include a notable ancient synagogue, are displayed as
the Katzrin Ancient Village. The ancient village was
destroyed in the Golan earthquake of 749.
Modern Katzrin was established in 1977 after the government
of Israel decided settling and populating the Golan Heights
was of prime importance for Israeli security. Katzrin is a
planned urban center that provides a services to the rural
communities and military bases of the Golan. In 1981, under
the Golan Heights Law, Israel applied Israeli civil law in
the Golan Heights (including Katzrin). The Golan Heights Law
was condemned internationally and determined null and void
by the UN security council.
The town offers panoramic views of the surrounding
landscapes. To the south is the Sea of Galilee, to the north
Mount Hermon, and to the west the hills of the Upper
As of mid 2005 there are 6,400 people living in Katzrin,
almost all of whom are Jewish. The community was planned to
grow into a city of 25,000 residents. Katzrin has an
educational system and academic centers that serve the
residents of the entire region, industrial plants, and
facilities of culture and recreation.
Katzrin is a major center of tourism in the Golan Heights
due to the historical sites it boasts. One of these is the
Katzrin Ancient Village (the source of the name "Katzrin"),
of the Mishnaic period. The village was destroyed in the
Golan earthquake of 749, but still has archaeological
remains of a synagogue, partially reconstructed, and
foundations of ancient houses. The Golan Archaeological
Museum displays the archaeological finds uncovered in the
Katzrin is home to the kosher Golan Heights Winery and a
mineral water plant. It also has two open air strip malls.
While the headquarters of the Golan Regional Council are
located in Katzrin, the town itself does not come under the
regional council's jurisdiction, since Katzrin became an
independent local council.
The large Chinese solar company Suntech Power and Israeli
company Solarit Doral built Israel's largest solar power
station, a 50 kW rooftop project near the town, and
connected it to the electric grid in December 2008.
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