Hamra, Bik'at HaYarden

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Hamra is located in the Northern West Bank
Coordinates: 32°11′56″N 35°26′6″E / 32.19889°N 35.43500°E / 32.19889; 35.43500Coordinates: 32°11′56″N 35°26′6″E / 32.19889°N 35.43500°E / 32.19889; 35.43500
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
CouncilBik'at HaYarden
RegionWest Bank
AffiliationAgricultural Union

Hamra (Hebrew: חַמְרָה, lit. Red Soil) is an Israeli settlement organized as a moshav in the West Bank.[2] Located in the Jordan Valley and covering 3,500 dunams, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council.[2] In 2019 it had a population of 173.[1]

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


The moshav was founded in 1971 and was initially named Atarot, before being renamed after nearby Tel Hamra.[2]

According to ARIJ, Israel confiscated land from two nearby Palestinian villages in order to construct Hamra; 1,370 dunams from Furush Beit Dajan, 192 dunams for a military checkpoint close to Hamra,[4] and an unspecified amount from Beit Dajan.[5]

In 2020, a family at the nearby tiny Humsa al-Tata village, above the Hamra checkpoint, was ordered to destroy their home and concrete castings around contiguous structures, including a well and olive trees, because Israeli declared it was on an archaeological site. The owner stated that they dwelt there from their great-grandfather's time and no one had ever heard of antiquities on their land.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Population in the Localities 2019" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "חמרה".
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  4. ^ Furush Beit Dajan Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 15
  5. ^ Beit Dajan Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 15
  6. ^ Hagar Shezaf, When an Archaeological 'Find' Can Evict Palestinians From Their Home, Haaretz, 23 June 2020.