Ma'ale Levona

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Ma'ale Levona
מַעֲלֵה לְבוֹנָה
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • unofficial Maaleh Levonah
Ma'ale Levona is located in the Central West Bank
Ma'ale Levona
Ma'ale Levona
Coordinates: 32°03′16″N 35°14′27″E / 32.05444°N 35.24083°E / 32.05444; 35.24083Coordinates: 32°03′16″N 35°14′27″E / 32.05444°N 35.24083°E / 32.05444; 35.24083
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Mateh Binyamin
Region West Bank
Affiliation Amana
Founded 1983
Population (2017)[1] 813
Name meaning Ascent of Frankincense
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Ma'ale Levona (Hebrew: מַעֲלֵה לְבוֹנָה‬, lit. Ascent of Frankincense) is an Israeli settlement organized as a community settlement in the West Bank. Located to the south-east of Ariel, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. In 2017, it had a population of 813.

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


The valley may be named for the frankincense grown there in Biblical days for the incense used in the Tabernacle of near-by Shiloh. There was an Israelite village on the edge of the valley that also bore the name "Levonah" (Judges 21:19).[3] The name of that ancient site is preserved in the name of the Palestinian village Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya (Eastern Lubban), on part of whose land Ma'ale Levona is constructed.



Ma'ale Levona overlooks the ancient mountain pass noteworthy as the site of the Battle of Wadi Haramia, the first battle of the Maccabees against the Selucids.[4] The mountain pass, the "Ascent of Levonah" is to the east of the village, and links the Levonah valley to its north with the Shiloh valley to its south. Judah Maccabee killed the Samarian mysarch Apollonius in this battle, taking his sword for himself.[4]

Modern era[edit]

According to ARIJ, Israel confiscated land from 3 neighbouring Palestinian villages in order to construct Ma'ale Levona:

Ma'ale Levona was initially established as a Nahal outpost. It later became a civilian settlement under the municipal jurisdiction of the Matte Binyamin Regional Council. It is located in the northern West Bank, in the Shilo-Eli bloc near Ariel. Ma'ale Levona is home to around 120 families.[citation needed]


  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. ^ Carta's Official Guide to Israel and Complete Gazetteer to all Sites in the Holy Land. (3rd edition 1993) Jerusalem, Carta, p.304 , ISBN 965-220-186-3 (English)
  4. ^ a b What Judea & Samaria Mean to the Jewish People
  5. ^ Sinjil Town Profile, ARIJ, p. 17
  6. ^ Al Lubban ash Sharqiya Village Profile (including ‘Ammuriya Locality), ARIJ, p. 17
  7. ^ ‘Abwein Town Profile, ARIJ, p. 17