Avnei Eitan

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Avnei Eitan
אַבְנֵ"י אֵיתָ"ן
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • official Avne Eitan
Avnei Eitan is located in the Golan Heights
Avnei Eitan
Avnei Eitan
Coordinates: 32°49′29″N 35°46′00″E / 32.82472°N 35.76667°E / 32.82472; 35.76667Coordinates: 32°49′29″N 35°46′00″E / 32.82472°N 35.76667°E / 32.82472; 35.76667
District Northern
Council Golan
Population (2015)[1] 633

Avnei Eitan (Hebrew: אַבְנֵ"י אֵיתָ"ן‎) is an Israeli settlement and moshav on the Golan Heights located at an elevation of 385 meters (1,263 ft) above sea level. In 2015 it had a population of 633.[1]

History[edit]

Avnei Eitan was founded after the 1973 Yom Kippur War in memory of six Israeli soldiers killed in battle. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the Golan Heights illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]

Details[edit]

The nearby stream, Nahal El Al (Hebrew) or Wadi Dafila (Arabic) is a popular hiking destination and contains the Black Waterfall, named for its black basalt rock and located closest to Avnei Eitan, and the White Waterfall, named for its white limestone rock.[3][4]

Avnei Eitan is an Orthodox Jewish agricultural community in Gush Hispin, a bloc of religious communities in the southern Golan Heights. The moshav receives municipal services from the Golan Regional Council.

About 80 families live in Avnei Eitan, including 20 families evicted from Gush Katif, mainly from Netzer Hazani and Kfar Darom.

The community is host to the Mechinat Avnei Eitan pre-military yeshiva, also known as the "Leadership Yeshiva Academy," attended by mainly by English-speaking overseas students. Many graduates of the school serve in elite units in the Israel Defense Forces.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC. 10 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Tiuli website, "Nahal Elal – Water among Basalt and Chalkstone"
  4. ^ Places in the Golan: Nahal El Al Archived June 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Leadership Yeshiva Academy Archived February 7, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.