Amatzia, Israel

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A house in Amatzia built in the 1950s
A house in Amatzia built in the 1950s
Amatzia is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°31′57.35″N 34°54′48.96″E / 31.5325972°N 34.9136000°E / 31.5325972; 34.9136000Coordinates: 31°31′57.35″N 34°54′48.96″E / 31.5325972°N 34.9136000°E / 31.5325972; 34.9136000
Council Lakhish
Region Hevel Lakhish
Founded 1955
Population (2012) 536[1]
Name meaning Named for Amaziah of Judah
Caravan village near Amatzia where evacuees of Katif have been living since 2005. The permanent settlement will be located nearby.
For other uses, see Amatzia.

Amatzia (Hebrew: אֲמַצְיָה) is a moshav with both secular and religious Israelis, about 8 km southeast of Lakhish in south-central Israel. It belongs to the Lakhish Regional Council. It can be reached via Route 3556.

The community was founded in 1955. It is located on the land of the depopulated Palestinian village of Al-Dawayima, the scene of the 1948 Al-Dawayima massacre.[2]

It is named for King Amaziah of Judah, who according to the Book of Kings was killed in the Lakhish region. In the past the community was a moshav shitufi but it has undergone a process of privatization and abandoned its communal nature.

In 2006, temporary housing was built in the area of the moshav to absorb evacuees from Katif who lived in Gush Katif but were evacuated under Israel's unilateral disengagement plan.


  1. ^ "Locality File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 215


  • Khalidi, Walid (1991). "ALL THAT REMAINS: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948", The Institute of Palestine Studies, Washington, D.C. ISBN 0-88728-224-5

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