Alfei Menashe

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Alfei Menashe
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew אַלְפֵי מְנַשֶׁה
 • ISO 259 ʔalpei Mnašše
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Official logo of Alfei Menashe
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Alfei Menashe is located in the West Bank
Alfei Menashe
Alfei Menashe
Coordinates: 32°10′N 35°1′E / 32.167°N 35.017°E / 32.167; 35.017Coordinates: 32°10′N 35°1′E / 32.167°N 35.017°E / 32.167; 35.017
Region West Bank
District Judea and Samaria Area
Founded 1983
Government
 • Type Local council (from 1987)
 • Head of Municipality Shlomo Katan
Area
 • Total 4,616 dunams (4.616 km2 or 1.782 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 8,000
Name meaning Thousands of the tribe of Manasseh

Alfei Menashe (Hebrew: אַלְפֵי מְנַשֶׁה) is an Israeli settlement located in the seam zone[1] on the western edge of the central West Bank. It was granted local council status in 1987. As of 2013, there were 8,036 residents.[2]

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[3]

The town's proximity to the Green Line (less than 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) east) and its similar proximity to the Palestinian Arab town of Qalqilyah has made its inclusion on the Israeli side of the West Bank barrier controversial, especially as the looping nature of the barrier's path forms a quasi-enclave of some Palestinian villages to its south. In September 2005, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the government must consider re-routing the barrier in this area. Work was begun in the summer of 2009 to construct a new route for the barrier, which will no longer incorporate the Palestinian village of Ras al-Tira (and several other villages) on the Israeli side. The work was finished in 2011. (source: Google Earth)

View from high point of Alfei Menashe, showing the nearness of the separation barrier (right) as of 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ "More Housing Units: New Tenders in Israeli West Bank Settlements". ARIJ (Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem. 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  2. ^ http://www.moin.gov.il/Subjects/Bchirot/Documents/election-yosh.pdf
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 

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