Kiryat Netafim

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Kiryat Netafim
קִרְיַת נְטָפִים
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Kiryat Netafim is located in the West Bank
Kiryat Netafim
Kiryat Netafim
Coordinates: 32°6′57.59″N 35°6′48.6″E / 32.1159972°N 35.113500°E / 32.1159972; 35.113500Coordinates: 32°6′57.59″N 35°6′48.6″E / 32.1159972°N 35.113500°E / 32.1159972; 35.113500
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Shomron
Region West Bank
Affiliation Hapoel HaMizrachi
Founded 1986
Founded by Nahal
Population (2016)[1] 910
Name meaning 'Towers'

Kiryat Netafim (Hebrew: קִרְיַת נְטָפִים‬, Arabic: كريات نتافيم‎) is an Israeli settlement in the northern West Bank. Located about 30 km east of Tel Aviv, it is organised as a community settlement and falls under the jurisdiction of Shomron Regional Council. In 2016 it had a population of 910.

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

History[edit]

Kiryat Netafim was founded in June 1986, on land belonging to the Palestinian villages of Qarawat Bani Hassan and Deir Istiya,[3] by a group of Orthodox Yemenite Jews as another link in a chain of settlements built along the Trans-Samaria Highway and adjacent to the Barkan Industrial Park. Since then, Kiryat Netafim has lost its homogeneous nature while accepting families from many different backgrounds.[citation needed]

In 2009 Peace Now petitioned the Israeli High Court, and laid a complaint against the then Defence Minister Ehud Barak, to order the demolition of 14 illegal structures built without authorization on public and private Palestinian land. The Defence ministry replied given approval to construction plans that would legalize the 14 structures. An interim injunction from the High Court on October 1 prohibited construction until the legal issues were settled. A further request was made on December 29 to find the settlers guilty of contempt for breaching the injunction to stop building. The state admitted the fact but requested the breach be ignored because the state had limited resources to regulate settlements and different priorities.[4][5][6]

In November 2014 Netafim began bulldozing and clearing further Qarawat Bani Hassan territory, under the protecting of IDF troops, in a measure apparently designed to extend the settlement.[3]

The community is located in the vicinity of several archaeological sites.

Education[edit]

The settlement has two kindergartens and one nursery.

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