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For the villages in Iran, see Barkan, Iran and Barkan, Fars. For the village in Yemen, see Barkan, Yemen.
The Barkan mall
The Barkan mall
Barkan is located in the West Bank
Coordinates: 32°6′27″N 35°6′20.51″E / 32.10750°N 35.1056972°E / 32.10750; 35.1056972Coordinates: 32°6′27″N 35°6′20.51″E / 32.10750°N 35.1056972°E / 32.10750; 35.1056972
District Judea and Samaria Area
Region West Bank
Founded 1981
Founded by Beitar and Herut

Barkan (Hebrew: בַּרְקָן), is an Israeli settlement in the northern West Bank, about 25 km east of Tel Aviv and 8 km west of Salfit, under the administrative local government of the Shomron Regional Council. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the population was 1,200 at the end of 2004. Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law (International law and Israeli settlements), specifically under the terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention, of which Israel is a signatory. The only signatory state that disputes this is Israel.[1]


Founded in June 1981 by secular Israelis from the Beitar and Herut movements, Barkan is part of a chain of settlements built along the Trans-Samaria Highway, and adjacent to the Barkan Industrial Park. The park, established in 1982, has 120 businesses and factories manufacturing plastics, metal-work, food, textile, and more. Of the 5,000 workers, 90% are Palestinian Arabs.[2] The original name of the town was Beit Abba after Abba Ahimeir, a leader of the Lehi.[3]


An archeological site east of the town contains remnants of an Israelite settlement during the time of the first and second temples.


  1. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Barkan Industrial Park
  3. ^ Miskin, Maayana (15 July 2011). "After 30 Years: Barkan Honors Achimeir". Israel National News. Retrieved 16 July 2011. When Barkan was founded 30 years ago it had the name Beit Abba, in honor of Achimeir. 

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