Ma'ale Hever

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Ma'ale Hever

מַעֲלֵה חֶבֶר
Ma'ale Hever is located in the Southern West Bank
Ma'ale Hever
Ma'ale Hever
Coordinates: 31°29′10″N 35°9′58″E / 31.48611°N 35.16611°E / 31.48611; 35.16611Coordinates: 31°29′10″N 35°9′58″E / 31.48611°N 35.16611°E / 31.48611; 35.16611
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
CouncilHar Hebron
RegionWest Bank

Ma'ale Hever (Hebrew: מַעֲלֵה חֶבֶר‬) or Pnei Hever (Hebrew: פְּנֵי חֶבֶר‬), at an elevation of 810 metres, is an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Located in the eastern Hebron hills to the east of Hebron, it is organised as a community settlement and falls under the jurisdiction of Har Hebron Regional Council. In 2017 it had a population of 561.

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


The settlement was established as Nahal Yakin on 31 January 1982 as a pioneer Nahal military outpost and demilitarized when turned over to eleven families on 24 August 1983, after which it was renamed after the nearby Hever Stream. In its early years, the only route leading to the village passed through the Palestinian town of Bani Na'im.

In 2009, Assaf Ramon, son of Israeli Astronaut Ilan Ramon who was aboard the fatal mission Columbia when the space shuttle exploded, was killed when the F-16 he was flying crashed in the vicinity of Ma'ale Hever.[3]


  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. ^ Late astronaut's pilot son killed in crash Ynetnews, 13 September 2009

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