Har Amasa

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Har Amasa
Har Amasa is located in Northern Negev region of Israel
Har Amasa
Har Amasa
Coordinates: 31°20′35.87″N 35°6′6.12″E / 31.3432972°N 35.1017000°E / 31.3432972; 35.1017000Coordinates: 31°20′35.87″N 35°6′6.12″E / 31.3432972°N 35.1017000°E / 31.3432972; 35.1017000
AffiliationAgricultural Union
Founded byGush Emunim

Har Amasa (Hebrew: הַר עֲמָשָׂא‬, lit. Mount Amasa) is a community settlement in the south of Israel. Located near the Yatir Forest 20 kilometres south of Hebron and 14 km northeast of Arad, it is the only member of the Tamar Regional Council to be located in the highlands outside the Jordan Rift Valley. In 2017 it had a population of 159.[1]

It was named after the nearby Mount Amasa (859 m), which was in turn named after Amasa son of Ithra the Israelite (2 Samuel 17:25).[2]


The village was initially founded as a Gush Emunim settlement,[2] from a government decision made on September 14, 1980. It was handed over to the kibbutz of the United Kibbutz Movement on June 30, 1983.[3] It gradually changed its operations over the next 20 years. In 2003, it was transferred to the authority of the Agricultural Union movement, and it was preparing to expand to include many new residents in a less formal framework, while still preserving its social fabric.

In 2006, Ynet reported that the kibbutz was undergoing a religious conversion through Chabad. According to certain members of the kibbutz, the reason was that they were abandoned by the Kibbutz Movement that purposely kept their status as a "kibbutz under construction" in order to receive its funding. The movement denied the allegations and stated that the religious converts were new residents.[4] In 2006, the kibbutz members sent a petition to the High Court of Justice to transfer the village's administration to them and remove the "under construction" status, instead of being administered by the Kibbutz Movement.[5]


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel (in Hebrew). Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 258. ISBN 965-448-413-7.
  3. ^ "Har Amasa". Or Movement. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  4. ^ הר עמשא: הקיבוץ חוזר בתשובה [Har Amasa: The Kibbutz is Turning Orthodox] (in Hebrew). Ynet. August 26, 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  5. ^ Greenberg, Michal (May 24, 2006). תושבי קיבוץ הר עמשא שבהר חברון עתרו לבג"ץ: דורשים להפסיק להיות "קיבוץ בהתהוות" [Residents of Kibbutz Har Amasa in the Hebron Mountains Petitioned the High Course of Justice: Demand Stopping being Kibbutz Under Construction]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). Retrieved August 14, 2014.

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