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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
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Shomron
Region West Bank
Affiliation Mishkei Herut Beitar
Founded 1984
Founded by Mishkei Herut Beitar
Population (2016)[1] 223
Name meaning Scythe

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 2016 it had a population of 223.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, 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]