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January 26, 2012 11:07 am

Top Israeli Soccer Team Comes From Unlikely Place in Kiryat Shmona

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Kiryat Shmona Municipal Stadium. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Times – KIRYAT SHMONA – This city is one of Israel’s smallest, a hardscrabble place with a population of 23,000 that is less than two miles from the Lebanese border and through the decades has repeatedly found itself caught in the crossfire of Arab-Israeli strife.

In 1974, Kiryat Shmona was the scene of a terrorist attack in which 18 Israelis, many of them children, were killed. Rockets have clobbered the town during cross-border fighting. Underground shelters are as familiar to the city as traffic lights. And jobs can be scarce.

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