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The Barkan mall
The Barkan mall
Barkan is located in the Northern West Bank
Coordinates: 32°6′27″N 35°6′20.51″E / 32.10750°N 35.1056972°E / 32.10750; 35.1056972Coordinates: 32°6′27″N 35°6′20.51″E / 32.10750°N 35.1056972°E / 32.10750; 35.1056972
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
RegionWest Bank
AffiliationMishkei Herut Beitar
Founded byBeitar and Herut

Barkan (Hebrew: בַּרְקָן), is an Israeli settlement in the northern West Bank, about 25 km east of Tel Aviv and 8 km west of Salfit, under the administrative local government of the Shomron Regional Council. In 2018 its population was 1,833.

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


Founded in June 1981 by secular Israelis from the Beitar and Herut movements, Barkan is part of a chain of settlements built along the Trans-Samaria Highway, and adjacent to the Barkan Industrial Park. The park, established in 1982, has 120 businesses and factories manufacturing plastics, metal-work, food, textile, and more. Of the 5,000 workers, 90% are Palestinian Arabs.[3]

According to ARIJ, Israel confiscated land from two Palestinian villages in order to construct Barkan: 167 dunam of land was taken from Qarawat Bani Hassan,[4] while 353 dunams were taken from Sarta.[5]

The original name of the town was Beit Abba after Abba Ahimeir, a leader of the Lehi.[6]


An archeological site east of the town contains remnants of an Israelite settlement during the time of the first and second temples.

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  1. ^ "Population in the Localities 2018" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  3. ^ Barkan Industrial Park
  4. ^ Qarawat Bani Hassan Town Profile, ARIJ, p. 17
  5. ^ Sarta Village Profile (including ‘Izbat Abu Adam Locality), p. 18
  6. ^ Miskin, Maayana (15 July 2011). "After 30 Years: Barkan Honors Achimeir". Israel National News. Retrieved 16 July 2011. When Barkan was founded 30 years ago it had the name Beit Abba, in honor of Achimeir.

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