“Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah, the son of Amittai, saying: Arise, go to Nineveh” (Jonah 1:1). But Jonah chose instead to go to Joppa (Jaffa) where he boarded a ship going to Tarshish. Realizing that he was the cause of the storm which threatened to sink the ship he told the sailors to throw him overboard whence he was swallowed by a big fish and spat up only three days later. After which he obediently set out for Nineveh.
In Jaffa Peter performed the resurrection of Tabitha (Dorcas) (Acts 9:36-43), commemorated in the Church of St. Peter. Here too he fell into a trance and heard a voice telling him: “What God has cleansed you may not call common”. (Acts 10:9-16)
During the Ottoman period this was the main port of entry to Palestine and on its shores the American and the German Templer colonies were established in the late 19th century. Harassed by the predominantly Arab population the Jews built new neighborhoods outside the walled city and in 1909 began to build a new city, Tel Aviv. Today Tel Aviv-Jaffa is one city.