Bedolah

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Bedolah
בְּדֹלַח, בדולח
Bedolah is located in the Gaza Strip
Bedolah
Bedolah
Coordinates: 31°19′46″N 34°15′21″E / 31.32944°N 34.25583°E / 31.32944; 34.25583Coordinates: 31°19′46″N 34°15′21″E / 31.32944°N 34.25583°E / 31.32944; 34.25583
Founded 1986
Founded by Orthodox Jews
Name meaning Crystal

Bedolah (Hebrew: בְּדֹלַח, lit. Crystal) was an Israeli village, an Israeli settlement and army base in the Gush Katif settlement bloc, located in the southwest edge of the Gaza Strip.[1] Home to 220 religious Jews, its inhabitants were evicted, its houses demolished, and its land surrendered to the Palestinian National Authority as part of Israel's disengagement of 2005.

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A group of residents refuses to evacuate during the disengagement. August 17, 2005.

Bedolah was founded as a paramilitary Nahal settlement in 1979, and handed over to civilians in 1986 as an Orthodox agricultural settlement.[2] It was home to 34 families. Most residents were from a group of children of the Moshavim from the Western Negev and the Tel Mond area.[citation needed] The village has also absorbed a group of immigrant families from France.

Its main industry was hothouse crops such as vegetables and flowers.

The residents of Bedolah were forcibly evicted from their homes on August 17, 2005 by the 'blue' brigade manned mostly by the Israeli Air Force personnel.

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