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Ateret is located in the Central West Bank
Coordinates: 31°59′59.06″N 35°10′36.8″E / 31.9997389°N 35.176889°E / 31.9997389; 35.176889Coordinates: 31°59′59.06″N 35°10′36.8″E / 31.9997389°N 35.176889°E / 31.9997389; 35.176889
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Mateh Binyamin
Region West Bank
Founded August 1981
Founded by Residents of Petah Tikva
Population (2017)[1] 897
Name meaning Crown

Ateret (Hebrew: עֲטֶרֶת‬) is an Israeli settlement organized as a community settlement in the Samarian hills of the West Bank located in the municipal jurisdiction of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council 40 km north-west of Jerusalem on a hilltop at an elevation of 760 metres. To the west, the view is not obstructed from Hadera in the north to Ashkelon in the south of Israel. In 2017 it had a population of 897.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2][3][4]


The village is one of the first settlements that built after the Six-Day War in the area. The name of the village comes from the ancient Jewish village of Atarot that existed nearby where the current Palestinian village of 'Atara is located. It was founded in August 1981 by a group, led by Tzvi Halamish, of eight families and a few singles.[citation needed]

According to ARIJ, Israel confiscated land from three nearby Palestinian villages in order to construct Ateret:


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Rory. Palestine calls for release of intifada leader in prisoner swap with Israel The Guardian, 29 November 2009
  4. ^ Valk, Guus. Under construction: utopian city for Palestinian yuppies NRC Handelsblad. 2 April 2010
  5. ^ Atara Village profile, ARIJ, p. 18
  6. ^ 'Ajjul Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 17
  7. ^ Umm Safa Village Profile, ARIJ p. 16