16 Facts About Petah Tikva


Place where Petah Tikva was founded existed as a village for a long time, immediately previously as a village called Mulabbis.

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Petah Tikva was founded in 1878 by Haredi Jewish pioneers from Europe, among them Yehoshua Stampfer, Moshe Shmuel Raab, Yoel Moshe Salomon, Zerach Barnett, and David Gutmann, as well as Lithuanian Rabbi Aryeh Leib Frumkin who built the first house.

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In 1878 the founders of Petah Tikva learned of the availability of land northeast of Jaffa near the village of Mulabes .

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In 1921, Petah Tikva was granted local council status by the British authorities.

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In May 1921 Petah Tikva was the target of an Arab attack, which left four of its Jewish inhabitants dead - an extension of the Jaffa riots of 1921.

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In 1927, Petah Tikva concluded a local peace treaty with the Arabs living nearby ; subsequently, Petah Tikva was untouched by the 1929 Palestine riots.

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In 1931 Ben Gurion wrote that Petah Tikva had 5000 inhabitants and employed 3000 Arab labourers.

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Petah Tikva is divided into 33 neighborhoods for municipal purposes.

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Petah Tikva is the second-largest industrial sector in Israel after the northern city of Haifa.

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Over time, the extensive citrus groves that once ringed Petah Tikva have disappeared as real-estate developers acquired the land for construction projects.

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Petah Tikva is home to 300 educational institutions from kindergarten through high school, catering to the secular, religious and Haredi populations.

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Petah Tikva has seventeen public libraries, the main one located in the city hall building.

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The community of Petah Tikva is served by 300 synagogues, including the 120-year-old Great Synagogue, eight mikvaot and two major Haredi yeshivot, Lomzhe Yeshiva and Or-Yisrael .

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Petah Tikva has two cemeteries: Segula Cemetery, east of the city, and Yarkon Cemetery, to the northeast.

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The local baseball team, the Petach Petah Tikva Pioneers, played in the inaugural 2007 season of the Israel Baseball League.

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Petah Tikva is referenced in the Tony Award-winning 2016 musical The Band's Visit, as the main plot derives from a mix-up between the city and the fictional town of "Bet Hatikva" in the Negev Desert of southern Israel.

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