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Har Brakha

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Har Brakha

הַר בְּרָכָה
Har Brakha is located in the West Bank
Har Brakha
Har Brakha
Har Brakha is located in the Northern West Bank
Har Brakha
Har Brakha
Har Brakha is located in the Palestinian territories
Har Brakha
Har Brakha
Coordinates: 32°11′34.07″N 35°15′55.08″E / 32.1927972°N 35.2653000°E / 32.1927972; 35.2653000Coordinates: 32°11′34.07″N 35°15′55.08″E / 32.1927972°N 35.2653000°E / 32.1927972; 35.2653000
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
RegionWest Bank
Founded byNahal
Name meaningMount of Blessing

Har Brakha (Hebrew: הַר בְּרָכָה, lit. Mount [of] Blessing) is an Israeli settlement located on the southern ridge of Mount Gerizim at an elevation of 870 metres above sea level, in the West Bank's Samarian mountains near Nablus. Har Brakha is named after one of the two mountains that are mentioned in Deuteronomy on which half of the twelve tribes of Israel ascended in order to pronounce blessings,[2] and shares the Mount Gerizim ridge with Kiryat Luza, the main Samaritan village. It is organised as a community settlement and falls under the jurisdiction of Shomron Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 2,468.

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

The land of Har Brakha was confiscated by the Israelis from three nearby Palestinian villages: most from Burin[4][5] the rest from Kafr Qallil[6] and Iraq Burin.[7]


Har Brakha was first established as a pioneer Nahal military outpost, and demilitarized when turned over to residential purposes on Yom Ha'atzmaut in 1983. The rapid expansion of the village is universally attributed to the Yeshivat Har Brakha, which was built in 1991 as well as its rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, who is also the chief rabbi of Har Brakha. While the vast majority of students (about 150 annually) are not originally from settlements, many graduates of the yeshiva return to live on the settlement.[citation needed]

Evangelical Christians from the United States have joined the community, with the support of Rabbi Melamed, and their presence has aroused some controversy among residents.[8]


  1. ^ "Localities File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. ^ Deuteronomy 27:11-13
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  4. ^ How dispossession happens. The humanitarian impact of the takeover of Palestinian springs by Israeli settlers Archived 2014-02-24 at the Wayback Machine, March 2012, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory
  5. ^ Burin Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 17
  6. ^ Kafr Qallil Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 15
  7. ^ The Expansion of the Colony of Brakha at the Expense of Iraq Burin Lands, October 1, 2009, POICA
  8. ^ Tzofia Hirschfeld, 'Har Bracha Residents: Christians Out!,' at Ynet 2 December 2011.

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