Amihai

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Amihai

עַמִּיחַי
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • unofficialAmichai
Amihai is located in the Central West Bank
Amihai
Amihai
Coordinates: 32°02′51″N 35°19′45″E / 32.0474°N 35.3292°E / 32.0474; 35.3292
CouncilMateh Binyamin
Founded2018
Founded byEvacuees from Amona

Amihai (Hebrew: עַמִּיחַי) is an Israeli communal settlement in the Shilo settlement bloc located in the West Bank. Amihai houses 25 families as of 2018.

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

History[edit]

Amihai is one of the few Israeli settlements to be founded in the 21st century. Authorization for Amihai was given by the Israeli government as a result of a deal with residents of Amona, who were evacuated from their homes following a 2014 Israeli Supreme Court ruling.[2] Amona's residents asked to be moved to a hill near the Geulat Zion outpost, east of Shilo.

Construction in Amihai began in June 2017. Temporary homes were installed in February 2018,[3] and the first families moved in March 2018.

Future plans[edit]

There is a plan to expand Amihai both west and east, and to include Adei Ad in its jurisdiction, thereby legalizing the outpost.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  2. ^ "הקמת יישוב למפוני עמונה במועצה האזורית מטה בנימין" [Foundation of a Locality for Amona Evacuees in Mateh Binyamin Regional Council] (in Hebrew). Israeli Prime Minister's Office. March 30, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Lazaroff, Tovah (February 21, 2018). "First 36 homes go up in new Amichai settlement". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Magid, Jacob (August 8, 2018). "State planning to triple size of new settlement for Amona evacuees". The Times of Israel. Retrieved August 30, 2018.