Actually, both versions may be correct.
Metulla was established as a Jewish settlement in 1896 on land purchased by Baron de Rothschild. But despite the Turkish control of the area and then the French sovereignty, the lawlessness of the region forced the residents of Metulla to occasionally flee their homes.
|"Metulla. British frontier post." Note the British|
flag on the building.
They even wrote "the frontier will be drawn westwards as far as Metullah, which will remain in [British controlled] Palestinian territory."
|"Hasbany Valley and Hermon looking|
down from French Metulla post"