|District||Judea and Samaria Area|
|Founded by||Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg|
|Name meaning||Daughter of [the] Spring|
Bat Ayin (Hebrew: בַּת עַיִן) is an Israeli settlement in Gush Etzion in the West Bank, between Jerusalem and Hebron. It is administered by the Gush Etzion Regional Council and has a population of 1,000. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.
Bat Ayin was established by seven families led by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg in 1989. People of the settlement did not come from the settler mainstream establishment. Many of the original settlers were raised on the "hills". It gained a reputation for being particularly extremist and very callous towards local Palestinians, none of whom were allowed to pass anywhere near the settlement.
Bat Ayin Underground
A terrorist movement based in Bat Ayin, later known as the Bat Ayin Underground, was founded on the belief shared by extremist settlers, that the Israeli government was acting against the interests of the Jewish people. The notion of forming such a group apparently arose in late 1998, as a result of a conversation between two eighteen year olds, Shahar Dvir-Zeliger who hailed from the Adei Ad farm, and Sela Tor who alternated between Hebron and the Maon Farm founded by his brother Yehoshafat. The Maon Farm provided several recruits as did the Jewish settlement in Hebron. They eventually recruited Shahar's brother Shlomo, Yarden Morag, and Ofer Gamliel, whose engineering background in the IDF was to prove useful in making a bomb. In early 2001 they began to engage in drive-by shootings of Palestine cars at nighttime on minor roadways, spraying them with fire from automatic weapons, and the planting of bombs in public buildings. Their most notable success was an ambush of a Palestinian Mercedes truck near Ramallah and Kokhav HaShahar, killing its two occupants, one a twenty year old man. Cell members claimed responsibility though a group called 'Tears of the Widows and the Orphans'. Overall the group, once arrested, admitted to seven attacks of this nature, which claimed eight Palestinian lives and sixteen wounded.
On 17 September 2001, the network planted two bombs in a Palestinian schoolyard at Yatta: one was timed to explode during the recess, and a second bomb several minutes later in the expectation that teachers and students would be drawn to examine the damage. A malfunction caused the first bomb to explode earlier and Israeli sappers managed to defuse the second bomb in time.
In a second operation on 5 March 2002, the Bat Ayin group, retaliating for a Hamas suicide bombing at Beit Yisrael, planted a bomb in a pink ice cream carton at a Palestinian boys school in Tzur Baher. Children noticed it, covered it with pillows and informed their principal who called the police, but it exploded before they arrived and ten of the boys were slightly injured.
In an operation undertaken on the night of April 29,2002, Yarden Morag and Shlomo Dvir-Zeliger drove a vehicle with a trailer to East Jerusalem. They were initially stopped near the Beit Orot Yeshiva by Mount Scopus, because it was irregular for Jews with skullcaps to drive in Palestinian areas of East Jerusalem, at night. They were not detained, since police accèpted their excuse that they were on their way to a yeshiva. The same police officers, Shimon Cohen and Barak Segev, later sighted the same vehicle near a girls' school, close by the Al-Makassad hospital in the Abu Tor neighbourhood. The officers stopped the two and examined the car, finding that the trailer had two containers of gasoline rigged to two TNT bricks, and propane gas tanks. The explosive charge consisted of a "vergin" (military battery), and the device, in a baby carriage, was timed to explode at 7:35 am., when dozens of girls would have been entering the schoolgrounds. Later investigations revealed this was not a one-off strike but rather part of a West Bank network of settlers conducting a campaign against Palestinians. Eventually 6 men, residents of Bat Ayin and Hebron, were convicted, while other members were charged with minor felonies or not pout on trial. Shlomo Dvir-Zeliger and Ofer Gamliel received 15-year sentences, Morag twelve years and Shahar Dvir-Zeliger eight years.  Three of the men were convicted of attempted murder.
On February 25, 2007, Erez Levanon, a resident of Bat Ayin, was found killed by multiple stab wounds. His body was found down the hill from the settlement in a secluded location where he frequently prayed. Two teenagers from Khirbet Safa confessed to the murder.
On April 2, 2009, an Arab wielding an ax entered Bat Ayin and murdered Shlomo Nativ, aged 13. A 7-year old child was also wounded. The attacker was arrested a few weeks later by Israel's security services.
In a stone-throwing incident on April 8, 2009 involving Bat Ayin and Khirbet Safa residents, sixteen Palestinians were injured, one critically, when the IDF opened fire.
On August 16, 2012, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a taxi occupied by six members of a Palestinian family as it passed by Bat Ayin. The taxi caught fire and the passengers and were treated for burns at Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Karem. Three boys, aged 12–13, studying at the Bat Ayin yeshiva were arrested as suspects. The attack was condemned by the rabbi of Bat Ayin, who saw it as an example of 'moral degeneration.' Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, on learning of the children's arrest, claimed that there were concentrations of extreme rightists in Bat Ayin. He also added that he was "confident that the police, IDF and the Shin Bet will do their job, which is not simple, because we know who we are dealing with."In late October 2013, masked settlers beat with a bat a Palestinian truck driver carrying goods ordered by the settlement and assaulted two IDF soldiers. The IDF responded by suspending assistance to Bat Ayin's defense.
In 2010, the population was about 1,000. The majority of the residents are religious-zionist and Chardal Jews who adhere to a philosophy that combines spiritual religious life with organic agriculture, with Hasidic Breslov the predominate affiliation. Bat Ayin Orthodoxy is popularly known as "Chavakuk" (Hebrew, חבקו"ק), an acronym for Chabad, Breslov, (Rabbi Abraham Isaac) Kook, and (Shlomo) Carlebach. There is a Chabad Lubavitch community as well. The Bat Ayin community includes scholars, artists, musicians, builders, farmers, doctors, and writers.
Education and religious institutions
The Bat Ayin Yeshiva is an institution of advanced Jewish learning for men offering two main programs: a Beit Midrash study program and a Smicha program for rabbinical ordination. Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin offers women's programs, a conversion program and seminars.
The rabbi of Bat Ayin is Daniel Kohn who holds a BA in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and received rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He co-founded the Bat Ayin Yeshiva and served as co-Rosh Yeshiva for nine years.
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