Ramla (Hebrew: רַמְלָהRamlāh; Arabic: الرملةar-Ramlah, an aa Ramlah,[2] Ramle, Remle an whiles Rama), is a ceety in central Israel. The ceety is predominantly Jewish wi a significant Arab minority. Ramla wis foondit circa 705–715 AD bi the Umayyad Caliph Suleiman ibn Abed al-Malik efter the Arab conquest o the region. Ramla lays alang the route o the Via Maris, connectin auld Cairo (Fustat) wi Damascus, at the intersection o the roads connectin the port o Jaffa wi Jerusalem.[3]


  • רַמְלָה
  • الرملة
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Ramla
 • Forby speltRamleh (unoffeecial)
Official logo of Ramla
Emblem o Ramla
Ramla is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°56′N 34°52′E / 31.933°N 34.867°E / 31.933; 34.867Coordinates: 31°56′N 34°52′E / 31.933°N 34.867°E / 31.933; 34.867
 • TeepCeety
 • MayorYoel Lavi
 • Total9.993 km2 (3.858 sq mi)
 • Total73,686
 • Density7,400/km2 (19,000/sq mi)

It wis conquered mony times in the course o its history, bi the Abbasids, the Ikhshidids, the Fatamids, the Seljuqs, the Crusaders, the Mameluks, the Turks, the Breetish, an the Israelis. Efter an ootbreak o the Black Daith in 1347, which greatly reduced the population, an order o Franciscan monks establisht a presence in the ceety.[4] Unner Arab an Ottoman rule the ceety acome an important tred center. Napoleon's French Airmy occupied it in 1799 on its wey tae Acre.

Most o the toun's Arab residents wur expelled durin the 1948 Arab-Israeli War while ithers remained in the toun. The toun wis subsequently repopulatit bi Jewish immigrants.

The Giv'on immigration detention centre is locatit in Ramla.

In recent years, attempts hae been made tae develop an bonnify the ceety, which haes been plagued bi neglect, financial problems an a negative public image. New shoppin malls an public pairks hae been biggit, an a municipal museum opened in 2001.[5]

Internaitional relations


Twin touns — Sister ceeties


Ramla is twinned wi:


  1. "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. King, Edmund (2004) "Stephen (c.1092–1154)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, online edition accessed 27 Oct 2009
  3. University of Haifa Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine Excavation in Marcus Street ramala; Reports and studies of the Recanati Institute for maritime studies Excavations, Haifa 2007
  4. Historical timeline at the Ramla Museum, http://ilmuseums.com/museum_eng.asp?id=193 Archived 2008-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "עיריית רמלה - אתר האינטרנט". Ramla.muni.il. Retrieved 6 Mey 2009.