Ma'ale Amos

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Ma'ale Amos
מַעֲלֵה עָמוֹס
Ma'ale Amos is located in the Southern West Bank
Ma'ale Amos
Ma'ale Amos
Coordinates: 31°35′47.48″N 35°13′46.38″E / 31.5965222°N 35.2295500°E / 31.5965222; 35.2295500Coordinates: 31°35′47.48″N 35°13′46.38″E / 31.5965222°N 35.2295500°E / 31.5965222; 35.2295500
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Gush Etzion
Region West Bank
Affiliation Mishkei Herut Beitar
Founded 1981
Population (2017)[1] 421
Name meaning Ascent of Amos

Ma'ale Amos (Hebrew: מַעֲלֵה עָמוֹס‬, lit Ascent of Amos) is a Haredi community Israeli settlement in the southern West Bank. Located 20 km southeast of Jerusalem, at an elevation of 725 meters above sea level, it falls under the jurisdiction of Gush Etzion Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 421.

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

History[edit]

The settlement was established in 1981,[3] and was named after the Biblical prophet Amos, who lived in the village of Tekoa nearby.

Most of the residents, including the Rabbi, Zev Wulf Charlop, are immigrants to Israel from the United States, though a large number of immigrants from the CIS have also joined in recent years. Many residents are also associated with Aish HaTorah, an outreach group. Most of the residents belong to Haredi "Lithuanian" community.

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 November 2010.
  3. ^ Samih K. Farsoun (2004) Culture and Customs of the Palestinians, Greenwood Publishing Group, p131