Beit Yatir

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Beit Yatir
בית יתיר
Beit yatirFromSusya.jpg
Beit Yatir is located in the West Bank
Beit Yatir
Beit Yatir
Coordinates: 31°22′00″N 35°06′42″E / 31.36667°N 35.11167°E / 31.36667; 35.11167Coordinates: 31°22′00″N 35°06′42″E / 31.36667°N 35.11167°E / 31.36667; 35.11167
District Judea and Samaria Area
Council Har Hebron
Region West Bank
Affiliation Amana
Founded 1979
Population (2015)[1] 467

Beit Yatir (Hebrew: בית יתיר‎‎), also known as Metzadot Yehuda (Hebrew: מְצָדוֹת יְהוּדָה‎), is a religious Orthodox moshav and Israeli settlement in the southern Hebron Hills of the West Bank. Located on a hill, 900 metres above sea level, near the Green Line, south of Susiya, and close to the Palestinian village of as-Seefer,[2] it falls under the jurisdiction of Har Hebron Regional Council. In 2015, it had a population of 467.[1]

The ruins of the ancient town of Eshtemoa are nearby.

The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[3]


Beit Yatir was established in 1979 by students from the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva. In 1983, the moshav was moved southwest from its original location south of the town of as-Samu to its current location in the Yatir Forest. A visual landmark of the moshav is a high wind turbine.

The social make-up of the moshav residents varies between sabras to immigrants from various countries, including France, Russian, Brazil, and English-speaking countries. The moshav does not require residents to become members of the cooperative.


A Religious Pre-Army Mechina, with several dozen students enrolled, is headed by Rabbi Moshe Hagar.


  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Weibel, Catherine Seam Zone keeps Palestinian children in limbo, disrupting education UNICEF 21 May 2012]
  3. ^ "The Geneva Convention". BBC News. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 

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