Revava

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Revava
רְבָבָה
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Revava is located in the West Bank
Revava
Revava
Coordinates: 32°7′7.62″N 35°7′43.31″E / 32.1187833°N 35.1286972°E / 32.1187833; 35.1286972Coordinates: 32°7′7.62″N 35°7′43.31″E / 32.1187833°N 35.1286972°E / 32.1187833; 35.1286972
Council Shomron
Region West Bank
Founded 1991
Name meaning Ten Thousand

Revava (Hebrew: רְבָבָה), is a communal village and an Israeli settlement of 250 families in the West Bank, between Barkan and Karnei Shomron. This Orthodox Jewish community, numbering about 250 families, is under the jurisdiction of the Shomron Regional Council.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[1]

History[edit]

Revava was established in the spring of 1991 in a central location, at a location about half an hour east of Petah Tikva, near Ariel and the Barkan industrial zone. The property was purchased in the 1980s by the Fund for Redeeming the Land. The first families settled on the site in fourteen trailers on the eve of Israeli Independence Day.[2] The word "revava" in Hebrew means "ten thousand". The name was chosen based on the biblical verse:[3] "And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her: Our sister, you will be the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let your seed possess the gate of those that hate them" (Genesis 24:60). In addition, the area in question was allotted to the Israelite tribe of Ephraim: "And they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh" (Deuteronomy 33:17). The main synagogue in Revava is Revavot Ephraim.[4]

In 2010, after a 10-month construction slowdown expired, work began on the construction of a kindergarten in Revava. At a celebration rally, settlers released 2,000 blue and white balloons, the colors of the Israeli flag, to symbolize a new wave of housing construction.[5] The rally was also attended by hundreds of Christians from all over the world who were visiting Israel to take part in the annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration of the International Christian Zionist Center.[6] Ayoub Kara, an Israeli Druze member of Knesset and Deputy Minister for development of the Negev and Galilee, spoke at the rally. He welcomed the tourists saying: "I say to all the non-Jews who are here, I too am not a Jew, but in spirit I am most Jewish, I am most Zionist, and so are you! Good for you that you are here to support Israel.[5][citation needed]

Legal conflicts[edit]

According to Zionist Organization of America, in 2008, the Israeli courts found Peace Now guilty of publishing false statements regarding ownership of the land. According to a Peace Now report, 71.15 percent of the land was "stolen from Arabs." When the organization refused to abide by the court order to apologize, the fund that purchased the property sued, charging Peace Now and the authors of the false report for slander. The judge found them guilty. They were ordered to issue an apology in Maariv and Haaretz newspapers and pay monetary compensation to the fund.[7][8] ZOA National President, Morton Klein called on Jewish organizations, the Israeli government and journalists to publicly condemn Peace Now for promoting lies and falsehoods.[7]

Education and culture[edit]

Revava has 7 preschool/kindergartens and a daycare center for children up to age 3. A middle school and high school for girls, part of the Tzvia chain of high schools, is located in Revava. Boys study at elementary schools in Yakir, Karnei Shomron and Itamar. Girls usually study at the elementary school in Yakir. A local elementary school based in Revava is being opened in the Autumn of 2012.

The Bnei Akiva youth movement has a branch in Revava.[9]

From 2001 to 2006, Revava had a boys' baseball team.[10]

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