Ahva, Israel

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אַחֲוָה, אחווה
Hebrew transcription(s)
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Ahva is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°44′36.36″N 34°46′8.99″E / 31.7434333°N 34.7691639°E / 31.7434333; 34.7691639Coordinates: 31°44′36.36″N 34°46′8.99″E / 31.7434333°N 34.7691639°E / 31.7434333; 34.7691639
District Southern
Council Be'er Tuvia
Founded 1974
Population (2015)[1] 235
Name meaning Brotherhood

Ahva (Hebrew: אַחֲוָה‎, Aḥava, lit. Brotherhood) is a village in the northern Negev desert of southern Israel. It falls under the jurisdiction of Be'er Tuvia Regional Council and had a population of 235 in 2015.[1]

The village was established in 1976 for civil servants of the regional council. It is adjacent to the Ahva Academic College and acts as a service center for the surrounding settlements, including Kfar Ahim, Kfar HaRif, Talmei Yehiel and Yenon.[2]

Ahva was founded on the lands of the depopulated Palestinian village of Al-Masmiyya al-Kabira.[3]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Mapa's concise gazetteer of Israel (in Hebrew). Yuval El'azari (ed.). Tel-Aviv: Mapa Publishing. 2005. p. 26. ISBN 965-7184-34-7. 
  3. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 125. ISBN 0-88728-224-5.