Gefen

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Gefen
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Gefen is located in Jerusalem, Israel
Gefen
Gefen
Coordinates: 31°44′26.88″N 34°52′41.51″E / 31.7408000°N 34.8781972°E / 31.7408000; 34.8781972Coordinates: 31°44′26.88″N 34°52′41.51″E / 31.7408000°N 34.8781972°E / 31.7408000; 34.8781972
District Jerusalem
Council Mateh Yehuda
Affiliation Hapoel HaMizrachi
Founded 1955
Founded by Moroccan Jews
Population (2016)[1] 418

Gefen (Hebrew: גֶּפֶן‬, lit. Grapevine) is a moshav in central Israel. Located between Beit Shemesh and Kiryat Malakhi, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 418.[1]

History[edit]

The village was established in 1955 by Jewish immigrants from Morocco on land that had belonged to the depopulated Palestinian Arab village of Mughallis,[2] and was is named after Psalm 80:15: "God Almighty, look down from heaven and see; watch over this grapevine."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Khalidi, Walid (1992). All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies. p. 220. ISBN 0-88728-224-5. ISBN 0-88728-224-5. 
  3. ^ Yizhaqi, Arie (ed.): Madrich Israel (Israel Guide: An Encyclopedia for the Study of the Land), Vol.9: Judaea, Jerusalem 1980, Keter Press, p.379 (Hebrew)