from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A former city of west-central Israel on the Mediterranean Sea. An ancient Phoenician city, it was taken by the Israelites in the 6th century A.D. and later fell to the Arabs (636), Crusaders (12th century), and Ottoman Turks (16th century). Yafo was inhabited mainly by Arabs until the state of Israel was proclaimed in 1948. Since 1950 the city has been part of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
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- proper n. Alternative form of Jaffa.
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- n. a port in western Israel on the Mediterranean; incorporated into Tel Aviv in 1950
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Mine is located in Jaffa (Yafo), once (meaning before 1948) “The Bride of the Sea”, now a slummy southern Tel Aviv suburb.
Like Menkes 'women, he lives in the periphery of mainstream society -- in Yafo, a predominantly Arab area of Tel Aviv, where many Arab families maintain their ancestral houses within a barely veiled atmosphere of tension caused by racial and religious friction.
Not quite sure what happened, but somehow I never made it, and wound up buying my first kippah on Yafo street instead.
Went to hear a friend, Yosefa Raz, read from her new book of poetry, In Exchange For A Homeland at Timol Shilshom, a cafe off of Yafo street that specializes in great cultural events.
The names of the towns were familiar from religious school: Yafo, Jericho, Beersheba.
We are not fighting in Tel Aviv or in Haifa or in Yafo.
The name Jaffa — or Yafo — seemed to be central to the argument.
The first Davidka was fired in combat on 13 March 1948, in the attack on the Abu Kabir neighborhood of Yafo.
"I was told of such rape cases by women who are not Jewish: a female European leftist activist, a female Red Cross volunteer and a young Arab woman from Yafo," he says.
It is also a city of refuge for Arab gays and lesbians rejected by the conservative societies in which they have grown up, though the Arab population is mostly concentrated in the neighboring city of Jaffa, or Yafo in Hebrew.