Homes in Hermesh
|District||Judea and Samaria Area|
|Affiliation||Mishkei Herut Beitar|
|Founded by||Mishkei Herut Beitar|
Hermesh (Hebrew: חֶרְמֵשׁ, lit. Scythe) is an Israeli settlement in the western Samarian hills of the West Bank. Founded in 1984, it is organised as a community settlement and falls under the jurisdiction of Shomron Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 215.
The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be illegal, but the Israeli government disputes this.
Hermesh was established in 1984 by the Mishkei Herut Betar settlement organization. Most of the residents of Hermesh are secular Jews or non-Jews. More than half of the population are new immigrants, mainly from the former Soviet Union. Their motivation for living in the region is not ideology but quality of life.
On 29 October 2002, three residents of Hermesh, Orna Eshel (53), Hadas Turgeman (14), and Linoy Saroussi (14) were shot dead by a Palestinian gunman who entered the village armed with a Kalashnikov. A soldier and a resident were wounded in the attack. Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility.
- "Localities File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
- Settlers in Hermesh, home of attack victim, make no ideological claims, Haaretz
- Victims of Palestinian Violence and Terrorism since September 2000 Archived 2007-04-03 at the Wayback Machine