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Homes in Hermesh
Homes in Hermesh
Hermesh is located in the Northern West Bank
Coordinates: 32°25′23.87″N 35°7′9.11″E / 32.4232972°N 35.1191972°E / 32.4232972; 35.1191972Coordinates: 32°25′23.87″N 35°7′9.11″E / 32.4232972°N 35.1191972°E / 32.4232972; 35.1191972
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
RegionWest Bank
AffiliationMishkei Herut Beitar
Founded byMishkei Herut Beitar
Name meaningScythe

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.[2]


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.[3]

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.[3] A soldier and a resident were wounded in the attack. Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility.[4]

On 20 June 2005, a resident of Hermesh, Yevgeny Reider (28) was killed in a shooting attack near Baqa ash-Sharqiyya, in the northern West Bank. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.[4]


  1. ^ "Localities File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b Settlers in Hermesh, home of attack victim, make no ideological claims, Haaretz
  4. ^ a b Victims of Palestinian Violence and Terrorism since September 2000 Archived 2007-04-03 at the Wayback Machine