Kokhav HaShahar

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Kokhav HaShahar
כּוֹכַב הַשַּׁחַר
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Kokhav HaShahar is located in the West Bank
Kokhav HaShahar
Kokhav HaShahar
Coordinates: 31°57′36.00″N 35°20′52.80″E / 31.9600000°N 35.3480000°E / 31.9600000; 35.3480000Coordinates: 31°57′36.00″N 35°20′52.80″E / 31.9600000°N 35.3480000°E / 31.9600000; 35.3480000
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Mateh Binyamin
Region West Bank
Affiliation Amana
Founded 1979
Population (2016)[1] 1,985
Name meaning Morning Star

Kokhav HaShahar (Hebrew: כּוֹכַב הַשַּׁחַר‬, also spelt Kochav Shachar and Kochav HaShachar, trans. Morning Star) is an Israeli settlement organized as a community settlement in the Binyamin region of northern West Bank. Located on a mountain ridge overlooking the Jordan Valley, and accessible via the Allon Road, it falls under the municipal jurisdiction of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. In 2016, it had a population of 1,985.

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


Kokhav HaShahar was founded by nine young couples in 1979 on the site of an Israel Defense Forces outpost[citation needed]

According to ARIJ, Israel confiscated 1,264 dunam of land from the Palestinian village of Deir Jarir, in order to construct Kokhav HaShahar.[3]

Maoz Esther, north of Kokhav HaShahar and east of Ramallah, was an outpost established in 2005 by Kokhav HaShahar residents in memory of Ester Galia of Kokhav HaShahar who was murdered at Rimonim junction. The Israel Police destroyed the settlement's seven huts in May 2009.[4] After settlers attempted to rebuild the outpost, it was demolished again on 13 October 2010.[5]


  1. ^ "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Deir Jarir Village Profile, ARIJ, p. 19
  4. ^ Israeli police remove settlement outpost BBC News, 21 May 2009
  5. ^ Israel Police Demolish Maoz Esther--Again Chana Ya'ar, Arutz Sheva, 13 October 2010.

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