Nahliel

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Nahliel
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Nahliel is located in the West Bank
Nahliel
Nahliel
Coordinates: 31°58′26.4″N 35°8′24.35″E / 31.974000°N 35.1400972°E / 31.974000; 35.1400972Coordinates: 31°58′26.4″N 35°8′24.35″E / 31.974000°N 35.1400972°E / 31.974000; 35.1400972
Council Mateh Binyamin
Region West Bank
Affiliation Agudat Israel Workers
Founded 1984
Founded by Agudat Israel Workers

Nahliel (Hebrew: נַחֲלִיאֵל) is an Haredi Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Located close to the Palestinian villages of Beitillu and Deir 'Ammar,[1] and some 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Modi'in, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 278. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]

The settlement was established in October 1984 by the Agudat Israel Workers movement, and was named after the biblical city of Nahaliel and a book by Isaac Breuer, the founder of Agudat Israel Workers. According to its website it is a "warm, Torah-centered community, a place where it is fun to live," with a population of 80 families. According to Dror Etkes of Peace Now, writing in 2005, the settlers are radicals on the fringe of the ultra-Orthodox society, making it rather atypical among the ultra-Orthodox settlements. Nahliel, it is also asserted, is similar to other isolated ultra-Orthodox settlements in its overall failure to thrive.[3]

During the Al-Aqsa Intifada, 2 Israeli women were ambushed and wounded by Palestinian militants near Nahliel.[4]

In March 2005 a group of 30 to 40 Jewish seminary students used clubs and stones to beat[5] 8 Palestinian men employed in Nahliel as they were entering the settlement.[6]

North and east of Nahliel are lands belonging to the Palestinians of the village of Beitillu, whose residents are allowed to work on their orchards only a few days every year. Much damage to Palestinian olive groves contiguous to the settlement has taken place in 2012, but the culprits are unknown. The area is surrounded by barbed wire.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ .Amira Hass Uprooting Palestinian trees - and lives,' at Haaretz, 16 July 2012
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Dror Etkes, Lara Friedman, "The Ultra-Orthodox Jews in the West Bank", Peace Now, October 2005.
  4. ^ "2 Israelis ambushed; Israel hits militants". UPI. 13 June 2003. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Isabel Kershner (29 November 2005). Barrier: The Seam of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Macmillan. pp. 187–8. ISBN 978-1-4039-6801-2. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jewish settlers beat Palestinians". 17 March 2005. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  7. ^ .Amira Hass Uprooting Palestinian trees - and lives,' at Haaretz, 16 July 2012