Slav (village)

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שְׂלָו, שליו
Slav is located in the Gaza Strip
Coordinates: 31°19′19″N 34°14′18″E / 31.32194°N 34.23833°E / 31.32194; 34.23833Coordinates: 31°19′19″N 34°14′18″E / 31.32194°N 34.23833°E / 31.32194; 34.23833
Founded 1982

Slav (Hebrew: שְׂלָו, lit. Quail) was a Jewish village and an Israeli settlement in the Gush Katif settlement bloc, located in the south-west edge of the Gaza Strip, whose residents were evicted in Israel's unilateral disengagement plan of 2005. The settlement was named after the bird that the Israelites ate in the desert during the Exodus from Egypt.


Slav was founded as a paramilitary Nahal settlement in 1980. In 1982, with the signing of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty and subsequent withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula, Slav became a transit camp of former residents evicted from Sinai and temporary home to the Midreshet Hadarom girl's seminary. At the beginning of the 90's, the location was divided into a military base and a residential civilial area with several families. In 2001, a small group of people including staff and students of the nearby 'Otzem' pre-military preparatory school in Bnei Atzmon moved to settle the village and strengthen its numbers.

The 12 families of Slav left their homes on August 21, 2005. The houses were destroyed and the area was later transferred to the Palestinians.

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