East Talpiot

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East Talpiot or Armon HaNetziv is a neighborhood in southern East Jerusalem,[1] established in 1973 in the upswing of building that followed the Six-Day War, in an area unilaterally annexed to Israel. The international community considers Israeli neighborhoods in East Jerusalem to be illegal settlements,[2] but the Israeli government disputes this.[3] East Talpiot is one of Jerusalem's Ring Neighborhoods.

The neighborhood's municipal services are made available for residents of the nearby Arab villages including Jabel Mukaber and Sur Baher.[4]


Before the new housing projects built after 1967, the area was known as Armon HaNetziv (lit. The Governor's Palace) after the headquarters of the British High Commissioner located on the hilltop.[5][1] In 1928, Rachel Yanait Ben-Zvi, wife of Israel's second president Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, established an agricultural training farm for young women, the first of its kind in the country, in the area of East Talpiot. Both the farm and the Arab Girls College, another historical landmark, are earmarked for conservation.[6] The Lili and Elejandro Shaltiel Community Center was inaugurated in 1980.[7] Beit Canada, an absorption center for new immigrants, is located in East Talpiot.[8]


In 2006, some 15,000 people were living in East Talpiot. Mainly populated by young couples when it was first established, the neighborhood is now aging. For the most part, East Talpiot is a secular neighborhood, although there are 15 synagogues including Kehilat Moreshet Avraham, which is affiliated with the Masorti (Conservative) movement.[9][10] Nir Barkat has called Armon HaNetziv an "up-and-coming neighborhood for young families".[4]

Archeological findings[edit]

Main article: Talpiot Tomb

An ancient tomb that some archeologists believe to be the tomb of Jesus and his family based on the names inscribed on the ossuaries was discovered in East Talpiot when a housing project was being built. An ancient aqueduct that brought water to the Temple Mount from springs located outside of Jerusalem was also discovered in East Talpiot. This waterworks, a highly sophisticated engineering feat, continued to function for more than two thousand years.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Talpiot Mizrah (East Talpiot)". 30 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jerusalem settlement 'extended'". BBC News. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Marks, Yehudah (11 December 2013). "Where Police Fear to Tread". Hamodia. p. A9. 
  5. ^ A palace befitting the ruler of the land - Haaretz - Israel News
  6. ^ sustainable Jerusalem
  7. ^ East Talpiot landmarks
  8. ^ Beit Canada Absorption Center
  9. ^ http://www.talpaz.org.il Neighborhood website
  10. ^ "Masorti Congregations: Jerusalem Region". Masorti.org. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  11. ^ From the East Talpiot Water Tunnel to Mamilla Pool

Coordinates: 31°45′00″N 35°14′06″E / 31.75°N 35.235°E / 31.75; 35.235