Menahemia

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Menahemia
מְנַחֶמְיָה
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • standard Menahemya
מוזיאון בית הרופא ובית הראשונים, מנחמיה.jpg
Menahemia is located in Israel
Menahemia
Menahemia
Coordinates: 32°40′3.72″N 35°33′14.4″E / 32.6677000°N 35.554000°E / 32.6677000; 35.554000Coordinates: 32°40′3.72″N 35°33′14.4″E / 32.6677000°N 35.554000°E / 32.6677000; 35.554000
District Northern
Council Valley of Springs
Founded 1901
Population (2015)[1] 999

Menahemia (Hebrew: מְנַחֶמְיָה‎) is a village in the Jordan Valley in north-eastern Israel. Located near Highway 90 between Beit She'an and Tzemah Junction 5 km south of Tzemah, it falls under the jurisdiction of Valley of Springs Regional Council. With an area of 6,000 dunams, the village had a population of 999 in 2015.[1]

History[edit]

The village was established on 23–26 December 1901 as a moshava under the name Milhamia (Hebrew: מלחמיה‎‎) by the five first families on land purchased by the Jewish Colonization Association in southern Jordan Valley, and was the first Jewish settlement of its time in that region.[2] It was renamed Menahemia in 1921 after the father of High Commissioner of Mandatory Palestine Herbert Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel.

Before World War I, a regional pharmacy was established in Menahemia. Other industries included a quarry, where they quarried raw materials for the "Nesher" factory near Haifa, and a gypsum manufacturing plant. There also existed a museum for the medical history of the region, and the history of Menahemia and Naharayim.

It had its own local council from 1951 until 1 January 2006 when jurisdiction over the village was transferred to Beit She'an Valley Regional Council.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Said&Hitchens, Edward, Christopher (2001). Blaming the Victims: Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question. Verso. p. 217. ISBN 1859843409.