Beka'ot

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Beka'ot
מושב בקעות.jpg
Beka'ot is located in the West Bank
Beka'ot
Beka'ot
Coordinates: 32°14′31.68″N 35°27′9.6″E / 32.2421333°N 35.452667°E / 32.2421333; 35.452667Coordinates: 32°14′31.68″N 35°27′9.6″E / 32.2421333°N 35.452667°E / 32.2421333; 35.452667
Council Bik'at HaYarden
Region Jordan Valley
Affiliation Agricultural Union
Founded 1972
Population (2015)[1] 182

Beka'ot (Hebrew: בְּקָעוֹת‎, lit. Valleys) is a moshav and Israeli settlement in the West Bank.[2] Located in the Jordan Valley with an area of 1,800 dunams, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council.[2] In 2015 it had a population of 182.[1]

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

History[edit]

The village was established in 1972, and was initially called Buka.[4]

The Israel Defense Forces has a roadblock on the main highway leading to the moshav, known as the Beka'ot Checkpoint. It has been the scene of several fatal incidents; on 8 January 2011 a 20-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead while trying to throw a pipe bomb at soldiers. The previous week another Palestinian, aged 20, had been shot dead.[5] On 26 June 2015 a 25-year-old armed Palestinian was shot dead,[6] and on 9 January 2016 two Palestinian men, aged 23 and 38, were shot dead attempting to stab IDF soldiers.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Settlements Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council (Hebrew)
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Beka'ot Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council (Hebrew)
  5. ^ Troops Kill Palestinian Who Attacked Them at Checkpoint Ha'aretz, 9 January 2011
  6. ^ Palestinian Killed After Opening Fire on Israeli Forces at West Bank Checkpoint Ha'aretz, 26 June 2015
  7. ^ IDF troops seize weapons in West Bank, raid university Times of Israel, 11 January 2016
  8. ^ Israeli Army Says Two Palestinians Killed After Attempted Stabbing Ha'aretz, 9 January 2016