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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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