Kfar HaOranim

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Kfar HaOranim
כְּפָר הָאֳרָנִים
כפר האורנים
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Kfar HaOranim is located in the Central West Bank
Kfar HaOranim
Kfar HaOranim
Coordinates: 31°55′9.48″N 35°2′17.52″E / 31.9193000°N 35.0382000°E / 31.9193000; 35.0382000Coordinates: 31°55′9.48″N 35°2′17.52″E / 31.9193000°N 35.0382000°E / 31.9193000; 35.0382000
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Mateh Binyamin
Region West Bank
Founded 1997
Founded by Amana
Population (2017)[1] 2,708
Name meaning Village of the Pines

Kfar HaOranim (Hebrew: כְּפָר הָאֳרָנִים‬. lit. Village of the Pines), also known as Menora (Hebrew: מְנוֹרָה‬) or Giv'at Ehud, is an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Contiguous with Lapid and located near to the major city of Modi'in, it is organised as a community settlement and falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 2,708.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2]

History[edit]

Planning for the settlement (then with the name Giv'at Ehud, after Ehud Ben Amiti, a fighter pilot in Operation Opera) began in 1981. The cornerstone was laid in 1984 at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, by which time the name had changed to Menora. However, legal issues over the ownership of the land led to a delay in construction. The first residents finally moved in during October 1997.[citation needed]

According to ARIJ, Israel confiscated 682 dunams of land from the Palestinian village of Saffa for the construction of Menora/Kfar HaOranim.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  3. ^ Saffa village profile, ARIJ, p. 17