Mehola

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Mehola
Mehola is located in the West Bank
Mehola
Mehola
Coordinates: 32°21′57.23″N 35°30′52.07″E / 32.3658972°N 35.5144639°E / 32.3658972; 35.5144639Coordinates: 32°21′57.23″N 35°30′52.07″E / 32.3658972°N 35.5144639°E / 32.3658972; 35.5144639
Council Bik'at HaYarden
Region Jordan Valley
Affiliation Hapoel HaMizrachi
Founded 1967
Founded by Bnei Akiva members
Website www.mechola.co.il

Mehola (Hebrew: מְחוֹלָה) is a religious moshav and Israeli settlement in the West Bank, near the Palestinian village of Bardala.[1] Located in the Jordan Valley near the Green Line with an area of 5,000 dunams, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council.[2] In 2011 it had a population of 508.[3]

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[4]

The village was established in 1967 by Bnei Akiva members, and was civilianised the following year. It was named after the biblical city of Abel-mechola (1 Kings 19:16),[5] which was located in the area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Isabel Kershner,Strategic Corridor in West Bank Remains a Stumbling Block in Mideast Talks,', New York Times, 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.jordanvalley.org.il/page_49309
  3. ^ http://cbs.gov.il/ishuvim/ishuv2011/bycode.xls
  4. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.322 , ISBN 965-220-186-3 (English)

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